Creating and Implementing a Whole Farm Plan
• A Planning and Implementation Team visits the farm to identify and assess potential sources of pollutants using a custom Environmental Review/Problem Diagnostics tool.
• The team reviews technical solutions with the farmer and drafts a Whole Farm Plan, and a slate of BMPs are selected to manage all identified environmental issues on the farm.
• The local Soil and Water Conservation District provides technical review of each Plan.
• The full Watershed Agricultural Council reviews and approves each Plan.
• The farmer signs a contract agreeing to implement the BMPs listed in the Plan.
• The farmer implements the Plan with assistance from the Team.
• Program staff provide continuing support to the farmer to ensure the Plan’s long-term success.
Farmer Education Program
The objective of the Farmer Education Program is to support the efforts in whole farm planning by enhancing farmers’ knowledge of water quality issues and BMP operation and maintenance, enabling them to better manage their farms to protect water quality and increase farm profitability. Educational programs have addressed a wide range of topics including forage and feeding systems management, calf health and pathogen management, nutrient management, manure storage and transport safety, and holistic management.