With funding provided by the Great Lakes Basin Commission, FLLOWPA, and the Upper Susquehanna Coalition, the district owns a 6 row Unverferth zone tillage implement and a 13 foot Krause no-till drill. Both pieces are available to farmers in Madison County to be utilized on their farms. If you are interested in using either of these implements please contact our office.
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.
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.