CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE & FARMED SMART

We offer both technical and financial assistance (when available) to assist landowners

and producers both large and small. Our cost-share programs are largely grant funded so we are always open to hearing your project ideas so that we can potentially match it with an available grant cycle. Our programs are flexible, and can accommodate varying levels of interest.  

Do filter strips and riparian buffers sound like a good fit for your property? Do you live along the South Fork Palouse River, North Fork Palouse River and Union Flat Creek that flow into the Snake River? You could be eligible for our Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)

Thinking about more than one program? No problem! We are happy to make a conservation plan for all your needs

  • Conservation Tillage, Direct Seeding, No-Till: The District has cost-share options available to farmers to help transition from conventional agricultural techniques to more soil conservation activities for erosion control and soil health.
     

  • Precision Agriculture:  A new program is being developed to aid farmers with precision Ag; from GPS based systems to variable fertilizer applications. 
     

  • Filter strips and riparian restoration: These systems can help control excess soil and nutrients from running off your land and into the nearby streams. Our buffer programs compensate farmers for planting and maintaining riparian waterways on their property.  We have several buffer programs (include CREP) with different levels of intensity, maintenance, and requirements
     

  • Commodity BuffersMinimum $200 payment for a strip of native herbaceous vegetation established at the edge of any waterway
     

  • Livestock Practices: Whether you are just looking for technical or financial assistance, we are here to help with your soil and water conservation efforts.  From range management plans to helping with water quality issues, to livestock exclusion fencing, and off-stream watering facilities for water quality improvement.
     

  • Cover Crops, Crop Rotation, and Nutrient Management:  Interested in whats going on beneath the surface? Our offices can provide soil testing and nutrient management suggestions that could help optimize your soil to its highest potential with the right plan for you. 
     

  • Small farms/small acreage issuesWe understand not all landowners are large producers.  We can assist you as well.  We have helped numerous small farms and small acreage landowners on various issues.
     

  • Water quality monitoring and soil sample design and collection: We can help you develop a monitoring protocol for whatever your needs may be.

Farmed Smart Program

Farmed Smart is a sustainable agriculture certification program developed by the Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association to provide benefits for producers, consumers, environmental agencies, and food providers.  Farms are certified based on criteria from six categories:

  • water quality

  • air quality

  • soil health

  • wildlife habitat

  • energy conservation

  • economic sustainability

Farmed Smart certified producers receive regulatory assurance for meeting water quality standards, with the goal of achieving access to value-added markets for sustainably produced commodities. 

 

Visit their website for more information and an application, or contact:

Tami Stubbs (TamiS@palousecd.org; 509-332-4101 x111).

Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association Video

The Palouse Conservation District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All programs and services of the Palouse Conservation District are offered on a nondiscriminatory basis, without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status or disability.

1615 NE Eastgate Blvd. Suite H

Pullman, WA 99163

Phone: 509-332-4101

PalouseCD@PalouseCD.org

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