“Through the FNLC agreement with NRCS, an outreach and education plan was initiated in both watersheds to ensure that farmers were aware of the programs and services available to them, including NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). This Farm Bill program helps farmers install conservation practices that protect and improve soil and water quality including reduced tillage, nutrient management, cover crops, permanent seeding, buffers, and prescribed grazing.” “The increased use of conservation practices is helping reduce phosphorus runoff in both the Pike and Rock River watersheds. According to NRCS, in the Pike Watershed, the amount of cover crops planted and the use of reduced tillage increased significantly in 2016. The amount of nutrient management and permanent seeding also increased in the watershed. In the Rock River Watershed, the amount of cover crops planted and the use of reduced tillage increased in 2016 as well.” Kent Henderson and Wayne Fiske.
The FNLC/NRCS Pike and Rock River Conservation project has been featured on the USDA website! Read more at https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/vt/newsroom/stories/?cid=NRCSEPRD1370211. From the article: