Best Management Practices: Crops
How we grow food has a major role to play in supporting ecological health and a stable climate. Best Management Practices for crop growing include building soil, reducing water consumption through irrigation efficiency strategies, increasing biodiversity/polyculture, and eliminating the use of chemicals. These practices support the health of not just the watershed, but also agricultural workers, pollinator populations, and the end consumers of the food produced.
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP): "A voluntary conservation program that helps agricultural producers in a manner that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible goals. Through EQIP, agricultural producers receive financial and technical assistance to implement structural and management conservation practices that optimize environmental benefits on working agricultural land."
ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture Program: A collaboration between the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and the USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service (USDA-RBS) providing "high value information and technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, Extension agents, educators, and others involved in sustainable agriculture in the United States."
The Comet Planer: A collaboration between Colorado State University and the USDA to help producers understand the climate change impacts of agricultural best management practices.
Carbon Cycle Institute: Carbon Farm Planning (CFP) is a whole farm approach to optimizing carbon capture on working landscapes.