Conservation Technical Assistance

We help landowners plan and apply conservation practices to control erosion and to properly manage soil, water, air, plant, animal resources, and cultural resources.

Conservation tillage is an important conservation practice in Alabama. The total acres of conservation tillage crops increased dramatically during the last five years. The increase for all crops planted by conservation tillage methods jumped from 15 percent in 1990 to 24 percent in 1995. This increase comes from its use on highly erodible land to comply with the Food Security Act and from use by farmers seeking ways to reduce production costs for crops such as corn and soybeans. Better no-till mechanical devices and improved herbicides have also had an impact.