With funding provided by the Upper Susquehanna Coalition, the district owns a 20 foot John Deere no-till drill to plant cover crops. If you would like to use or would like to participate in the cover crop program please contact Carl Bartlett at the office. The cover crop program is only available to farms in the Upper Susquehanna Watershed.
Since 1996 your district has had a staff position dedicated to helping farmers make practical grazing management decisions that protect water quality and enhance profitability. By working with partnering organizations like the Upper Susquehanna Coalition, NYS Ag.&Mkts., the NYS Environmental Protection Fund, Finger Lakes - Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance, NYS Agricultural Environmental Management Program, USDA-NRCS, NESARE, NFWF and The Cornell Small Farms Program, we are able to deliver on-farm best management practices, infrastructure and educational events. The program was garnered state and national acclaim for excellence in successful conservation initiatives by The National Association of Conservation Districts. Grazing management and crop management charts are available by contacting Troy Bishopp.
For the past several years the Soil and Water Conservation District, armed with funding from the County Board of Supervisors, has been performing stream maintenance projects around the county for private landowners. In addition to maintenance projects, we assist with obtaining emergency permits.
The Agricultural Environmental Program (AEM) is a voluntary process to assist farmers in evaluating potential environmental risks on their land and to provide assistance in implementing practical, cost effective means to address those risks. AEM has 5 levels or tiers of planning and assessment: Tier 1 is a farm inventory or summary, Tier 2 is a farm assessment, Tier 3 is a development of a conservation plan, Tier 4 is implementation of Best Management Practices, and Tier 5 is follow up and evaluation. For most federal and state cost share funding, a farm is required to have at least a Tier 3 plan. If interested in participating in this program please contact the office.