Agricultural technical standards and assistance
Conservation practices used to meet the agricultural performance standards and prohibitions must be designed and installed according to accepted technical standards. Examples of conservation practices that could be used include manure storage structures, vegetated buffer strips or nutrient management plans. Technical standards used in Wisconsin are maintained by the USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) in the Electronic Field Office Technical Guide (eFOTG).
Additional engineering conservation technical resources can be found at:
- United States Department of Agriculture – Engineering Technical Resources
- Construction and Post-Construction Erosion Control Technical Standards
There are many organizations available to provide technical assistance to landowners for planning, design, and installation of conservation practices. County land conservation offices, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) are primarily governmental organizations that provide assistance with landowners. Private consultants may also have technical expertise regarding conservation practices for landowners. Nonprofit organizations may also be available to provide assistance.