Agricultural Programs

Conservation on the Farm

The Conservation District is committed to assisting farmers with conservation practices on their farms that are both economically and environmentally beneficial. These best management practices (BMP’s) can include: cover crops, streambank restoration, streambank fencing, riparian buffers, stabilized animal heavy use areas, off-stream watering facilities, and animal walkways associated with rotational grazing systems. The Conservation District also assists with manure management plans that serve as a foundation for conservation and nutrient management on the farm.

The Conservation District can provide both technical and financial assistance for BMPs and plan development.  Funding for agricultural BMP projects has come from the Pennsylvania Growing Greener Program, the Chesapeake Bay Program, and from our various partners such as the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to name a few.

Our highest priority has been working with farmers that are located within watersheds that are impaired.   Please contact us or click here to see if you are within an impaired watershed.  Farming operations outside of these watersheds may still qualify for assistance, so please inquire if you are interested.

Our Agricultural Programs 

Please click the red links to your right to explore agriculture topics addressed by the conservation district.

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Watering troughs provide more pasture options
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Stabilized stream crossings can improve herd health and reduce stream pollutants

 

 

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Tillage radish cover crops can increase soil permeability and water retention