Agricultural Technical Assistance
A conservation plan is a tool designed to help you better manage the natural resources on your farm. Our District technician and NRCS conservationist may be able to meet with you to evaluate the soil, water, air, plant and animal resources on your property and offer several alternative practices to address resource concerns. The practices you choose to use are recorded in your conservation plan which includes a schedule for installation. Implementing the conservation plan will help you protect the environment on and off your farm.
A conservation plan includes:
- an aerial photo or diagram of your fields;
- a list of your management decisions;
- the location of and schedule for applying new conservation practices;
- a soil map and soil descriptions;
- information sheets explaining how to carry out your specific management decisions;
- a plan for operation and maintenance of practices, if needed.
Benefits of a Conservation Plan
Following your conservation plan has many benefits:
- You will protect your soil and your farm’s productivity;
- You will help improve quality of the water in your area;
- You will improve your soil’s fertility and manage soil moisture;
- You may attract desirable wildlife by creating nesting sites and winter cover;
- You will protect the productive value of your land for future generations;
- You can more readily comply with environmental regulatory requirements;
- You may be eligible for USDA farm programs.
Best Management Practices (BMPs)
There is an array of Sediment / Erosion Best Management Practices, which focus on the protection of Ohio's soil and water resources. Contact us for more information.
Urban Technical Assistance