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Agricultural Conservation Planning

Yolo County RCD has teamed up with regional RCDs to provide conservation planning assistance throughout several counties in the southern Sacramento Valley, including Yolo, Sutter, Placer, Glenn, and Colusa.  These plans are aimed at promoting practices that increase farm resiliency in the face of climate variability such as drought and flooding. Development of these plans is a collaborative effort between the grower and RCD staff member, and there is no fee to create one. These plans do not guarantee financial assistance for implementation, but they can serve as a reference for acquiring funding.

NRCS Plan Types (Plan Category Code)Yolo County RCDSutter County RCDPlacer RCDGlenn County RCDColusa County RCD
Soil Health Management Plan
(CPA 116)
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Pollinator Habitat (DIA 148)
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Nutrient Management (DIA 157)
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Soil Health Management
(DIA 162)
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Carbon Farm Plan
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February cover crop
Laying irrigation
Butler hedgerow on Road 25

Different Conservation Plans offered include:

CPA 116: Soil Health Management Plan

This plan is meant to identify soil health concerns related to physical, biological, and chemical properties of the soil and identifies conservation practices for use in an adaptive soil health management plan. These plans will devise practices that follow the four soil health principles:

1) minimizing soil disturbance,
2) maximizing soil cover,
3) maximizing biodiversity,
4) Maximizing living roots.

DIA 148: Pollinator Habitat Design

This plan designs the conservation practices needed to address a pollinator habitat resource concern by improving, protecting, restoring, enhancing, or expanding flower-rich habitat that supports native and/or managed pollinators.

DIA 157: Nutrient Management Design and Implementation Activity

This plan designs the rate, source, placement, and timing of plant nutrients and soil amendments while reducing environmental impacts.

DIA 162: Soil Health Management System Design

This plan develops site specific recommendations and designs for soil health related practices that address the 4 soil health principles identified in CPA 116.

Carbon Farm Planning

A Carbon Sequestration and Greenhous Gas Mitigation Management Plan is a whole-operation conservation plan for cropland, rangeland, pastureland, forestland, and farmstead as applicable, that when fully implemented will increase carbon sequestration and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Questions? Get in touch!

For more information on conservation planning for your agricultural operation, contact us:

Conor Higgins
Yolo County RCD Mobile Irrigation Lab Manager (English and Spanish)
higgins@yolorcd.org
530-661-1688 ext 4