Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs)

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Every land use activity impacts the natural environment to some extent.  Because the business of farming requires a substantial land-base, agriculture practiced without regard for the natural environment can lead to air, water and soil contamination and loss of species biodiversity.  Luckily, most farms run their businesses with regard for the natural environment which results in a healthy natural environment that all of society benefits from.

Much research has gone into studying and developing agri-environmental beneficial management practices.

What are beneficial management practices?

Practices or projects implemented on a farm that reduce or minimize the farms negative impact on the natural environment.

By implementing agri-environmental beneficial management practices such as planting buffer strips and windbreaks, barnyard runoff control and manure storage or erosion control structures on your farm, you can show due diligence and be confident that your farm management practices are not leading to negative environmental impacts.

As a first step to identifying environmental threats and potential agri-environmental projects on your property, all farmers are encouraged to complete an Environmental Farm Plan.  For more information on how to complete an Environmental Farm Plan or how to apply to the Growing Forward II Program please use the quick links section of this page.

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