Soil & Water
St. Lawrence County AEM Description
The AEM program supports agriculture of all types and sizes, i.e. dairy, beef, sheep etc. in their efforts to be environmental sound and economically viable. The St. Lawrence County SWCD prioritized the county’s seven major watersheds and will focus AEM planning efforts on different watersheds each year. In 2010, our main focus will be on the St. Lawrence Watershed, comprised mainly of agricultural operations along the St. Lawrence River. However all interested agricultural operations are encouraged to begin participation in AEM.
Examples of resource concerns addressed and conservation practices
AEM planning process will commonly address: barnyard runoff, manure management, grazing systems, milk-house waste water, stream crossings and silage leachate. Common conservation practices planned to address resource concerns are: Barnyard Water Management Systems and associated practices, Nutrient Management Planning, Waste Storage Facility, Animal Laneways, Access Roads, Vegetative Treatment Areas, Prescribed Grazing, etc.
Why should your farm participate?
AEM participation supports both individual agricultural operations and the larger agricultural community by documenting the importance of farming in St. Lawrence County, which increases funding opportunities to support environmental management projects on local agricultural related operations.
Participation in AEM will allow farms to be considered for State and Federal Cost Sharing programs such as: NYS Agricultural Non-point source grant (NYS AgNPS) and Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
How do get started with AEM?
Contact SWCD office and request our AEM information packet and Tier 1 questionnaire. The packet will give you additional information about our St. Lawrence Co. AEM program and the brief questionnaire will help us understand more about your agricultural system.