It’s up to you, as property owners, to decide on the best ways to improve the productivity, sustainability, and profitability of your operation. For many producers, conservation planning serves as a fundamental starting point for maintaining and improving the natural resources that support productive and profitable agricultural operations.
Benefits of developing a customized conservation plan for your farm or ranch:
- Identifies immediate or potential resource problems that could hurt your production.
- Helps you comply with environmental regulations.
- Helps you qualify for various USDA conservation programs.
- Adapts to your changing operational goals.
- Establishes a reasonable schedule for you to apply needed conservation practices.
- Can save you time, labor and energy.
- Makes your farm or ranch a nicer place to live for you and your family.
Your Conservation Plan
Through the planning process, a producer develops a conservation plan, or a written record of the management decisions and the conservation practices that are in use or planned for that operation. A conservation plan combines the farming or ranching skills of the operator with the science-based knowledge of the conservation planner.
A Conservation Plan Includes:
- An aerial photo or diagram of your fields;
- A soil map and soil descriptions;
- Resource inventory data, which can include crop production potential or livestock carrying capacity;
- A list of your treatment decisions; and
- The location and schedule for applying and maintaining conservation practices.
How a Conservation Plan Helps:
Working with a conservation planner, you can produce a conservation plan to help you:
- develop alternatives and identify strategies for implementing on-farm solutions,
- prepare for agricultural or market certifications,
- address regulatory requirements, and
- prepare for conservation program opportunities