Farmers understand the importance of clean water and a healthy environment for their crop and livestock production. Best management practices (BMPs) are practical, affordable approaches to protecting a farm's soil and water resources without sacrificing productivity. BMPs such as fencing livestock out of rivers, maintaining a vegetated buffer adjacent to streams, managing runoff from manure storage facilities and adhering to all pesticide guidelines and training can help protect rivers and groundwater. Best management practices are equally important on small farms and for “backyard livestock” too!
- Detailed, helpful information is available in these Best Management Practices Booklets
- Rural Clean Water Programs offer financial support and technical assistance for projects that improve and protect water quality.
- Planting trees helps to protect water quality and has numerous other benefits. Our region has excellent, funded tree planting programs.
- Environmental Farm Plans are another great way to access assistance and advice related to assessing, and if necessary altering, farm practices for better environmental protection.