With 2022 coming to an end, some are already thinking about plans for next year. And if making resolutions includes conservation, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is ready to help you do just that.
And a recent article highlights some of the options to consider:
- Incorporate cover crops into your operation.
- Extend your growing season by using a high tunnel.
- Improve your soil health by utilizing no-till practices.
- Provide recreational opportunities and wildlife habitat by restoring wetlands.
- Reduce input costs by focusing on nutrient management.
- Protect topsoil and groundwater quality by devoting environmentally sensitive agricultural land to conservation benefits instead of farming.
To get started on your conservation plans, simply stop by your local USDA service center, to discuss your vision for your land. NRCS can provide you with free technical assistance and or advice.
USDA’s conservation programs available through NRCS and the Farm Service Agency (FSA) give you the tools and resources to protect environmentally sensitive land and restore grasslands, wetlands, and forests, which leads to cleaner water and air, healthier soil, and enhanced wildlife habitat. They can also help with financial assistance to help you achieve your conservation goals.
Learn about the benefits of conservation practices from other farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners through a series of 90-second videos titled: Conservation at Work series. You can also read producer profiles at farmers.gov.