Water is the heart and soul of Kansas agriculture.
The Milford Watershed Regional Conservation Partnership Program is here to help agricultural producers take action on water quality. It's a voluntary program to help farmers and landowners increase the health of their land and make their operations more efficient, while improving water quality both at home and downstream.
Increasing soil health
Improving fish, wildlife, and game habitats
Ensuring future agricultural productivity
Protecting the safety of drinking water supplies
Best Management Practices
A Best Management Practice is a voluntary project, action, or plan that will help control nutrient pollution or erosion resulting from agricultural land use. They range from simple steps that can reduce nutrient loss to comprehensive plans for maximizing your land's health and efficiency. Any combination of Best Management Practices are eligible for cost-share reimbursement through this conservation program.
Here’s a list of Best Management Practices that are eligible for reimbursement through the Milford Watershed RCPP. (See them in action)
Managing the amount, form, placement and timing of application of plant nutrients.
Nutrient Management Plan
Managing the amount/rate, source, placement/method of placement
and timing of plant nutrients & soil amendments.
Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan
Overall plan to address nutrient management, land treatment, manure, wastewater handling, storage, and record keeping.
The temporary or permanent exclusion of animals, people, vehicles, and/or equipment from an area.
Heavy Use Area
The stabilization of livestock feeding areas and watering areas frequently and intensively used by animals, by surfacing with suitable materials, and/or installing needed structures.
Installing fences in the right place can help improve the quality of water near livestock.
Residue & Tillage Management: Reduced Till or No Till
Managing the amount, orientation and distribution of crop and other plant residue on the soil surface year-round, while limiting soil-disturbing activities to only those necessary to place nutrient, condition residue and plant crops.
Cover Crop Planting
Cover crop farming methods can limit erosion, improve water infiltration, and suppress weeds. Cover crops are also effective at managing nutrient runoff and provide foraging habitats for game and wildlife.
Resources and Incentives
Through the RCPP, Kansas agricultural producers in the Milford Lake Watershed can receive up to 90% cost-share to put a combination of Best Management Practices into action. Do you qualify for RCPP funding to make improvements to your land or operation? Contact us now to find out.