If you have ever talked with your local NRCS or Soil and Water District staff, you may have heard conservation plans mentioned. Simply put, a conservation plan is a document that identifies conservation practices that fit your farm, and a yearly schedule for when to actually use these practices. It’s easy to think of the term conservation plan as just another segment of the endless paperwork chain created by government. However, when used practically on the farm, a conservation plan can lay out a framework for best management practices to be implemented, as well as help a crop or livestock producer create a cost-effective strategy for state and federal cost share funding.
That’s great, you may think, but I have enough work to do already, rather than worrying about another plan to follow on my operation. And while that’s an understandable response, think about these 3 reasons for creating a conservation plan for your farm, first.