Best Management Practices

Pennsylvania is a land of great natural resources and Pennsylvania’s farmers have always worked as stewards of the land to improve and protect those resources. The Pennsylvania Conservation Catalog is a cooperative effort of the Pennsylvania Conservation Partnership which supports farmers in those efforts.

The Catalog identifies practices that may assist you in caring for the land while maintaining your economic viability and protecting farming as a way of life. Conservation practices and other best management practices may help you to meet a variety of conservation objectives such as preserving farmland for future generations; restoring and sustaining the productivity of your land; increasing wildlife; adapting to floods, droughts, and other climatic changes; and/or complying with federal, state, and regulatory requirements.

While this Catalog is meant to help you plan for your land, additional assistance is also available. Local county conservation districts and the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provide one–on–one technical assistance. Federal and state agencies such as the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), Penn State Cooperative Extension, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA), Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission (SCC), and Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) also provide information and are available to help or have financial programs to assist in the implementation of practices. Private consultants are another source to help you plan what’s best for you. Some conservation efforts may require specific permits. Ask your conservation professional where to go for permit information.

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