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Conservation Choices

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About This Guide

This guide features 32 conservation and environmental farming practices. The guide:

  • shows how each practice works and how it helps improve a farm.
  • lists items to think about when considering each practice.
  • gives information about NRCS technical standards.
  • talks about maintenance needs.

Information about each of the 32 practices:

Illustration with all 32 conservation practices

  1. Brush Management
  2. Conservation Cover
  3. Contour Buffer Strip
  4. Contour Farming
  5. Cover Crop
  6. Crop Rotation
  7. Denitrifying Bioreactor
  8. Farmstead Energy
  9. Fence
  10. Field Border
  11. Filter Strip
  12. Forage and Biomass Planting
  13. Grade Stabilization Structure
  14. Grassed Waterway
  15. High Tunnel System
  16. Manure Storage (Waste Storage Facility)
  17. No-Till/Strip-Till
  18. Nutrient Management
  19. Pest Management
  20. Pond
  21. Prescribed Burning
  22. Prescribed Grazing
  23. Riparian Forest Buffer
  24. Stream Crossing
  25. Stream Bank Protection
  26. Terrace
  27. Tree/Shrub Establishment
  28. Upland Wildlife Habitat Management
  29. Water and Sediment Control Basin
  30. Watering Facility
  31. Wetland
  32. Windbreak/Shelterbelt