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FAQs about Conservation Planning

Frequently Asked Questions about Conservation Planning

Conservation planning today for a better tomorrow.









Below are the answers to a few of our most frequently asked questions about conservation planning:


What is a conservation plan?

A conservation plan is a written record of your management decisions and the conservation practices and systems you plan to use and maintain on your farm. This voluntary and confidential plan is your blueprint for the future of your operation’s resources.

What’s in the plan?

A conservation plan includes...

  • Producer/landowner-determined objectives and goals.
  • Aerial photographs or diagrams of your fields.
  • Resource information, such as forage or crop production potential or potential stocking rates.
  • Descriptions of your treatment decisions.
  • Location and schedule for conservation applications.
  • Plan of operation and maintenance of conservation practices and systems.

How can it help me?

Combining your farming or ranching skills with the science-based knowledge and tools of a conservation planner can help you more effectively care for the resources upon which you depend to make your living.

How much does it cost?

There is no charge for this service.

How much time will it take to develop?

The time varies from a couple to several hours, depending on the type of land you have, your production and resource goals, and the type of operation you run. Generally, a conservation planner will require only enough of your time to make certain that your goals and objectives are met and that you’re satisfied with the plan.

Do I need to provide access to my land or records?

There are several steps that are necessary to develop a quality conservation plan, starting with a resource inventory of your land – which will require the planner to visit your farm or ranch with you. All of your plans, records and other information you share with a planner are confidential.

Who controls what’s in the plan?

You do. It’s your plan. The conservation planner, however, will provide you with various alternatives for each land use or area of interest.

What if the plan doesn’t meet my needs?

If your plan isn’t meeting your objectives, you can work with your conservation planner to develop different alternatives that will.

What’s my next step?

Call or stop by your local NRCS office and make an appointment to have a conservation planner help you get started. Your conservation planner will work with you and guide you through the process of creating your own customized conservation plan.

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