Best Management Pratices
We promote a series of different best management practices providing education, background, and technical information to producers in the region.
CLEAN WATER INDIANA COST-SHARE
WILDERNESS PARK PRAIRIE PROJECT
The Wilderness Park is one of the gems of Blackford County. The trail head can be found at the intersection of Fulton and West Streets in Harford City, Indiana. This 50-acre wilderness area contains a variety of nature and fitness trails. The fitness trail is a 1.1 mile loop and is rated at moderate. It offers opportunities for hiking and just enjoying the natural surroundings. The trail is often lightly used, so there are chances for birding and seeing other wildlife. Dogs may also use the trail but must be kept on a leash and owners must pick up after their pets.
SOCIAL INDICATOR STUDY
ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY INCENTIVES PROGRAM
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
EQIP provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers in order to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, reduced soil erosion and sedimentation or improved or created wildlife habitat.
2021 Annual Report
Wesley Slain-NRCS District Conservationist for Delaware and Blackford Counties
765-747-5531 x3, email@example.com
Comprehensive Nutrient Management PlanReceived application for CNMPPrecursor for manure storage facilityEvaluates farm for current nutrient levels, and amount of manure/bedding that will be generated for 6 months storage
Manure Storage BuildingsReceived applications for four separate manure storage facilitiesThese buildings allow producers to store manure from their operation under a roof so that it does not runoff site and can be spread when ground conditions are conducive.
Cover CropsReceived multiple applications totaling 8,779 acresCover crops help protect the soil surface during winter, the roots help sequester nutrients and improve soil health.
No-till/Strip tillReceived multiple applications totaling 13,869 acresNo-till(also known as never-till) leaves the residues from the prior crop on the soil surfaceStrip tillage is a system that uses limited tillage in the seed zone, while leaving the rest of a field in no-till.
Invasive Specie Removal/Tree PlantingReceived multiple applications for 136 acres of invasive species removal in existing woods and five acres hardwood tree plantingRemoving invasive species from woods will ensure the future of native species and increase the growth rate of existing trees
Waterways/WASCOB’sReceived multiple applications for six WASCOB’s and 8.5 acres of waterwaysWaterways and WASCOB’s help control active gulley erosion in agriculture fields
High TunnelReceived application for a high tunnelHigh tunnels allow producers to begin the season earlier and extend the season later into the year.
Drainage Water ManagementReceived multiple applications for the management of 48 acres of croplandProcess of managing the timing and the amount of water discharged from agricultural drainage systems. Retain water in fields that could be used for crop production later in the season.
Agrichemical Handling FacilityReceived application for Agrichemical Handling FacilityFacility with an impervious surface to provide an environmentally safe area for the handling of on-farm agrichemicalsStore, mix, load agrichemicals. Retain incidental spillage or leakage.