For my land, for our water

Agricultural conservation practices for soil health and water quality

Agricultural conservation practices such as the ten highlighted through this program have the joint benefits of improving the health of a farm's soils - and thereby their crops - as well as the health of our shared waters. Farmers, researchers, service providers, and other partners have been using, adapting and improving these techniques for decades. With recent attention on Lake Champlain's water quality, these efforts have taken on new urgency.

There are lots more conservation practices, but these are ten we think everyone should be able to see and understand. Curious about others? Check out the guidebook Conservation in Vermont: Best management practices for farm and forest owners published by the VT Natural Resources Conservation Districts in 2013. Our content on this site describing conservation practices is derived from that work.