Forage and Biomass Planting
Practice Code: 512
Reporting Unit: Acre (Ac.)
Forage and biomass is the establishment of adapted and/or compatible species, varieties, or cultivars of herbaceous species suitable for pasture, hay, or biomass production.
Purposes and Benefits
Protects water quality by maintaining a healthy cover which reduces erosion and deposition
Provides quality forage for grazing livestock
Provides food and habitat for wildlife and nesting birds
Improves soil health
Produce feedstock for biofuel or energy production
Conservation Practice Support Documents
Support Documents for this conservation practice are available for download from an abbreviated version of Section IV of the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG).
All support documents associated with this and other conservation practices are available at the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide web site.
Related Conservation Practices
This practice is commonly used in a Conservation Management System with practices such as:
Conservation Crop Rotation (328)
Prescribed Grazing (528)
If you want to learn how you can protect natural resources on your farm or forestland, please contact your local NRCS office.
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