USDA's New CRP Pilot Program Offers Longer-Term Conservation Benefits.
The USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) has opened sign up for CLEAR30, a new pilot program that offers farmers and landowners an opportunity to enroll in a 30-year Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contract. This pilot is available to farmers and landowners with expiring water-quality practice CRP contracts in the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay regions. The sign up period runs through August 22, 2020 at local FSA offices. Click the icon for details and contact FSA at ASCD's office on Wednesday's at 240-609-3495 or at the Garrett office at 301-501-5885.
Allegany Soil Conservation District
12407 Naves Cross Road NE
Cumberland, MD 21502
The Wilbert R. Paul Conservation Building
Soil Conservation & Water Quality Plans
Conservation planning helps clients attain sustainable use and sound management of soil, water, air, plant, animal, energy,and human resources. The purpose is to prevent the degradation of resources and to ensure their sustained use and productivity,while considering the client's economic and social needs. Soil Conservation and Water Quality plans are developed by our field professionals and are dynamic in nature. Plans are updated as operations and objectives change, or resource concerns develop. To contact our planner for your conservation planning needs, click here: Slater.Hafer@usda.gov.
Best Management Practices
On the farm, best management practices are used in a variety of situations to control soil erosion, manage nutrients and protect water quality. A terrace system or grassed waterway may be installed to prevent soil from washing down a hillside. Cover crops and vegetative buffers are often planted to prevent nutrient runoff from entering farm streams. Other more complex BMPs such as livestock crossings, spring developments and animal waste storage structures provide water quality benefits for livestock. The Allegany Soil Conservation District can provide farmers with technical assistance to design and BMPs in much the same way that a contractor works with a homeowner to repair a leaking roof or insulate a house to make it more energy-efficient. We also supervise BMP installation or construction and develop maintenance plans to keep the practices in good working order.
The following is a list of possible BMPs available to Allegany County Farmers from the Allegany Soil Conservation District. Not all best management practices are identified here, so visit our office for the most recent list of practices.