ISA works with farmers across the state to implement conservation initiatives to improve their agronomic and environmental performance. Conservation planning shows farmers the best route to achieve their agronomic and conservation goals.
Conservation drainage is an emerging set of practices designed to maintain drainage benefits while addressing water quality and flow impacts.
Resource concerns and production goals of each farm are unique, but all farms can benefit from conservation planning. The purpose of a conservation plan is to identify opportunities for improving management of natural resources and agricultural production. Many strategies are available to reduce negative soil and water resource impacts and improve the productivity of cropping systems.
The planning process is driven by goal identification, implementation and measurement. A conservation plan is not a static document, but serves as a guide to approach changes and document effectiveness of actions for continued improvement.
With clear goals, it is possible to accurately measure improvements, experiment with alternative practices, authenticate conservation successes and understand where new technologies and opportunities fit within defined goals.
Value of a conservation plan:
- Set continuous improvement goals and measure effects
- Interface with government programs
- Identify both short and long term plans/goals
- Plan risk management/alternative scenarios
- Provide summary of existing management to determine how new tools and technologies can improve management or measurement
- Demonstrate and verify conservation success to landowners, peers, industry personnel and the public.
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