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Master Farmer Program

Master Farmer Program

John Pitre
State Resource Conservationist

The Louisiana Master Farmer Program helps agricultural producers voluntarily address the environmental concerns related to production agriculture, as well as enhance their production and resource management skills that will be critical for the continued viability of Louisiana agriculture. This program involves producers becoming more knowledgeable about environmental stewardship, resource-based production and resource management through a voluntary producer certification process.

The Master Farmer Program began in 2001 as a way for farmers to learn up-to-date, research-based conservation practices in a comprehensive manner. It is a partnership of five agricultural entities – NRCS, Louisiana State University Ag Center, Louisiana Farm Bureau,Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association andLouisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, which has the authority by law through the Commissioner of Agriculture to approve the certification.

A Louisiana Master Farmer should:
 Louisiana Master Farmer Program
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and dedication to environmental stewardship
  • Demonstrate mastery levels of conservation-based production
  • Demonstrate resource management through the implementation of a comprehensive conservation plan
  • Promote the success of local-level conservation to the agricultural community and public and private interests


What is Conservation Planning

Conservation planning is a voluntary natural resource problem solving and management process. The NRCS objective in conservation planning is to help the client achieve sound use and management of soil, water, air, plant, and animal resources to prevent their degradation, assure their sustained use and productivity, and comply with regulatory requirements while considering economic and social needs.

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Master Farmer Program Publications and Forms

The following document requires Adobe Acrobat (PDF; 231 KB)

Conservation Handbill - What is Conservation Planning Full Version Document (PDF; 231 KB)

Master Farmer Program Operation and Procedures Manual (PDF; 55 KB)

Application for Louisiana Master Farmer Certification (PDF; 39 KB)

Louisiana Master Farmer Certification of Land Control (PDF; 83 KB)