Conservation Planning

The goal of conservation planning is to identify and address natural resource concerns on agricultural land, such as gully erosion, excess nutrients, and sediment runoff. The conservation plan itself is a record of the farm operator and/or landowner’s decisions as to how these concerns should be addressed. In some cases, it may also include a strategy to improve air quality, animal health, energy efficiency, wildlife habitat, or control invasive plant species. Along with land that you own, the plan will also include all rented land that you operate.

A full Conservation Plan is necessary to qualify for federal programs such as EQIP, CREP, or MILC. In addition to addressing resource concerns, it also considers potential cultural resources on the farm and assesses the impacts of farm operations on the environment.
Ag E&S Plans are the minimum level plans required for agricultural operations in Pennsylvania. While very similar to full Conservation Plans, they do not meet requirements for participating in federal programs.

LCCD staff are trained to assist farmers in developing conservation plans for their operations.
You may also contact a private consultant to write your conservation plan.

The success of conservation planning and implementation depends upon the voluntary participation of the farm operator.