Programs

Watershed ProgramRabbit River Watershed Project

In partnership with Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, we are working with our community to add to the water quality of the Rabbit River Watershed through on the ground Best Management Practices (BMPs) projects and educational work.

Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP)

We verify farms and farmers in environmentally assured practices. The MAEAP program is a statewide Michigan Program. Ensuring that our farmers are as marketable as possible and consistent with efforts of conservation are both important aspects of maintaining the economy in Allegan County. Read on to find information or contact our MAEAP Technician with any questions.

Conservation Assistance and Cost Share

In combination with the NRCS we work to make sure that farmers find conservation practices affordable and available. Whether you are just looking to complete a conservation plan for your farm or if you are looking for cost share opportunities to make your farm a safer production, contact us with your questions or read on for more information about available programs.

Flushing Bar Project

Protecting grassland wildlife is important. Have you noticed a decrease in pheasant populations? The Flushing bar project is focused on getting equipment out to farms that help the farmer protect wildlife. Flushing bars are mounted on the front of a mower to give wildlife the chance to get out of the way before the mower moves through. Read on for more information.

Soil Health Work Group

Soil Health is an important educational topic for any farmer. Learning what makes soil as productive as it can be is a focus of this work group. The group meets at different venues including in the field to look at the soil we work with and understand the health of the soil in our area.

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

The NRCS is a part of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that works with landowners to offer both technical assistance and cost share opportunities to implement on the ground conservation across the United States. The Allegan Conservation District works closely with the NRCS to implement conservation in Allegan county.

 

Rabbit River Watershed Pay-For-Performance Program

Through the Great Lake Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grant, we will help farmers implement conservation practices on up to 4,500 acres of land in the Rabbit River Watershed for the purpose of reducing agricultural pollutants flowing into the watershed.