AGRICULTURAL ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT (AEM)
Through the implementation of the Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) program, Lewis County Soil and Water Conservation District (LCSWCD) can assess your farm’s impact on natural resources and work with you to create a long-term business plan. This assessment can help you document your environmental stewardship, prioritize areas that present risks, identify opportunities to save money, and locate available resources to address potential concerns. By following sound agricultural practices, farmers are ensuring the protection of bodies of water. When nutrients are carefully applied and sedimentation controlled, farmers are ensuring healthy water quality levels.
New York State GROWN AND CERTIFIED
The New York State Grown and Certified Program makes it easy for consumers to identify local, safely-handled, and environmentally responsible agricultural products. This voluntary program is a cooperative effor among producers, processors,wholesalers, retailers, restaurants, and the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets to meet consumer demand for high-quality food and agricultural products. For more information contact the District or follow this link: https://certified.ny.gov/ .
Competitive Funding - Agricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control
This grant program was established in 1994 by the State of New York to assist farmers in preventing water pollution from agricultural activities by providing technical assistance and financial incentives. County Soil & Water Conservation Districts apply for the competitive grants on behalf of farmers and coordinate funded conservation projects. Grants can cost-share up to 75% of project costs or more if farmers contribute in the following two areas:
1. Planning- funds awarded to conduct environmental planning
2. Implementation- funds awarded to construct or apply management practices
The District can apply for funding on the farms behalf based on water quality needs of the watershed. If you are interested in learning more contact the District or visit the NYS Soil and Water Conservation Committee Webite at:
Fish Stocking Program
In the fall of each year, the Lewis County Soil and Water Conservation District holds a Pond Fish Stocking Program. Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, Large Mouth Bass, Catfish and Flathead Minnows are all available during the sale.
Each spring, the Lewis County Soil and Water Conservation District holds its Annual Arbor Green Tree Event. Customers can choose from various types of Coniferous and Deciduous seedlings as well as Transplants, Shrubs, Wild Flower Seed Packets and Conservation Packets. The purpose of this event is to help promote Arbor Day while making seedlings and transplants available to all landowners for conservation projects.