CONSERVATION ON THE FARM
Clallam Conservation District provides assistance to farm and livestock owners on a variety of land and livestock management topics. We can help you evaluate the capabilities and limitations of your land and identify the most appropriate Best Management Practices (BMPs) for your particular situation.
Don't have animals yet? Great, we can help you develop a plan before you bring animals onto your land. Already have animals? No problem, we can help you identify options for improving your property and livestock facilities. We encourage all farm and livestock owners to work with us to develop a farm conservation plan.
Through the farm planning process, District staff will work with you to evaluate current conditions on your farm and areas for improvement. Typically farm plans address the following practices (click each topic for more information):
- Pasture Management - determine productivity and grazing capacity, identify grasses and weeds, efficiently manage irrigation water, develop a rotational grazing system.
- Manure Management - estimate the volume of manure produced by livestock and options for safely storing and utilizing manure on your land.
- Mud Management - Identifying causes of excessively muddy livestock areas on your farm and options for minimizing these areas.
- Stream & Wetland Management - options for protecting streams and wetlands on your land.
Technical Guides for Horse & Livestock Owners:
IRRIGATION WATER MANAGEMENT RESOURCES:
Regional Conservation Partnership Program Available to Help Area Farmers:
Here is an opportunity to receive technical and financial help to make improvements on your farm! Cost-share funding to cover up to 90% of eligible costs is available to help install conservation practices on farms located within the Sequim Bay-Dungeness Watershed Clean Water District in eastern Clallam County. The Clean Water District includes the Bagley Creek drainage and extends east to and including the Sequim Bay drainage. The funding is available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) offered through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The Regional Conservation Partnership Program is a unique opportunity for local farmers to access EQIP funding through a partnership between Clallam Conservation District, the Washington State Conservation Commission, and the NRCS.
The types of eligible projects not only improve the health of your soil, protect water, and encourage wildlife, but also help you manage mud and manure, promote healthy animals, and increase forage yields in your pastures. Contact the Conservation District at 360-775-3747 ext. 5 for more details.
Check out this new guide from the Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board for protecting your horses and livestock from toxic plants!