Using this website
Private and public dollars available to address erosion and nutrient loss concerns from agricultural production fields are limited. A cost effective way to reach conservation goals to reduce erosion and nutrient losses is to identify field situations with potentially higher risk Critical Concerns, then match potential Best Management Practices (BMP’s) for implementation with the field situation and management used.
Resources are limited for professionals from Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs), State Agencies and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to cover the landscape identifying critical concerns for farmers/landowners. The intent of this website is to empower farmers/landowners with the knowledge necessary to identify the high risk situations that exist in their farm fields and the ability to know when to seek professional help for implementing cost effective conservation. This website provides a summary of critical concerns found in the landscape and in agronomic farm plans, a review of potential Best Management Practices (BMPs), and a list of resources and people/agencies to contact.
Description of website pages you will find:
Critical Concerns- Pictures and descriptions of critical resource concerns to use in identification plus links to potential BMP's that address those concerns.
BMP Practices- A listing of all BMP practices with descriptions, effectiveness, pros and cons of the practice, things to consider and contacts for further inquiry.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)- Answers to common questions and helpful background information.
Submit- A place to submit pictures of critical concerns or BMP's in action to add to the website or questions for FAQ.
People- Contacts for people available to assist in answering questions.