Conservation Practices

Conservation practices - a tractor in a fieldConservation in Kenosha County

Conservation practices are tools used to help conserve and improve our natural resources. According to the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, conservation practice means a facility or practice that is designed to prevent or reduce soil erosion, prevent or reduce non-point source water pollution, or achieve or maintain compliance with soil and water conservation standards. Conservation practice includes a nutrient management plan.

A pamphlet developed by the Wisconsin Interagency Quality Steering Team (QST) called A Guide to Conservation Programs for Wisconsin Landowners is available. This brochure provides a quick reference to federal, state and local cost-share conservation programs in Wisconsin.

To learn more, view Conservation Choices (PDF), a guide that features 26 common conservation practices. It explains how each practice works and how it helps improve a farm, lists things to think about when considering the practice, and points out basic maintenance needs.