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Conservation at Work

Real Stories. Real Successes. Real quick.

Learn about the benefits of conservation practices directly from the farmers, ranchers, and forestland owners applying them with our new 90-second video series. Explore the different types of conservation practices and pick a video to watch below. 

Prescribed Grazing
2 minutes
Prescribed grazing is managing grazing animals’ harvest of vegetation. Kenny Sites in Sheridan, AR, is increasing the utilization of the forage and increasing the stocking rate on his ranch.
High Tunnel
2 minutes
A high tunnel is an unheated, plastic-covered structure to protect crops from unfavorable growing conditions. Keu Y Moua in Fresno, CA, is extending the growing season and growing specialty crops.

Livestock

Waste Storage Facility
2 minutes
A waste storage facility temporarily stores waste and allows flexibility in waste management. Dave Conant in Richmond, VT, is using this practice to protect groundwater and reduce odor on his dairy.
Livestock Pipeline
2 minutes
A livestock pipeline conveys water for livestock or wildlife. George McClelland of Petaluma, CA, uses this practice as part of his rotational grazing plan on his organic dairy farm.

Crops

Precision Land Forming
2 minutes
Precision land forming is reshaping the surface of land that will be irrigated. Robert and Cathy Seidenstricker of DeValls Bluff, AR, are improving their irrigation efficiency and water use.
Conservation Crop Rotation
2 minutes
Conservation crop rotation is growing crops in a planned sequence on the same field. Don Norwood of Mansfield, TN, is using this practice to protect his soil health.

Forest

Forest Stand Improvement
2 minutes
Forest Stand Improvement is managing the composition of a forest by removing selected plants and trees. John Chandler in Camino, CA, is improving forest usability and reducing the risk of fire.
Tree Shrub Establishment
2 minutes
Tree/Shrub Establishment is planting trees or shrubs. This video explores how Larry Brown of Ennis, MT, planted trees to benefit his honey bees and other pollinators.

Soil Health

No Till
2 minutes
No till is maintaining crop residue throughout the year and planting directly into it. Blaine Hitchens in Laurel, DE, is improving his soil health and reducing his input costs.
Cover Crops
2 minutes
A Cover Crop is a non-cash crop planted to keep ground covered. Charlie Roberts in Halls, TN is using this practice to protect soil health and increase water infiltration.

Water Quality

Grassed Waterway
2 minutes
A grassed waterway is a shaped channel planted to suitable vegetation to reduce the speed of water runoff. Delaware Wildlands in Townsend, DE, is providing wildlife habitat and reducing runoff.
Water & Sediment Control Basin
2 minutes
A Water and Sediment Control Basin, often called a “Catch Basin,” is an earth embankment to manage runoff and reduce erosion. Kim Johnson in Paris, TN, is using this practice to reduce gully erosion.

Water Quantity

Sprinkler System
2 minutes
A sprinkler system is an irrigation system to efficiently apply water. Daniel Keudell in Aumsville, OR, is reducing runoff and the amount of water he uses.
Irrigation Water Management
2 minutes
Irrigation water management is paired with irrigation systems to ensure efficiency This video explores how Raghbir Atwal of Yuba City, is using irrigation water management on his orchard.

Wildlife

Brush Management
2 minutes
Brush Management is removing woody species from rangeland or grassland. Dan Doornbos in Alder, MT, is using this practice to increase his forage and improve wildlife habitat.
Wetland Restoration
2 minutes
Wetland restoration is returning a former or degraded wetland to its previous wetland condition. Nathan Hudson in Laurel, DE, is providing wildlife habitat and improving water quality.