Healthy soil is the foundation for all life. It is the dynamic building block for plant and animal life on earth, and a resource that must be protected and managed. The interactions between soil and water have the potential to reshape landscapes, support farms and forests, and sustain healthy communities. ACCD's agriculture and soil programs provide technical assistance to farmers, community members and municipalities to help guide the resource conservation of Allegheny County's soil.
ACCD works with farmers and other stakeholders in four key ways to improve and protect agriculture and soil resources:
The Farmland Preservation Program incentivizes farmers in the state to keep farmland in agricultural production for years to come.
Livestock Compliance and Regulations
Nutrient and Manure Management Programs regulate safe handling of livestock manure to protect surface and groundwater from nutrient pollution.
Rural & Urban Agriculture Conservation
Agriculture Conservation connects farmers with technical and financial resources for the implementation of best management practices, such as cover cropping, soil conservation, no-till or minimal till cropping systems, conservation plans,
Agriculture Erosion and Sediment Control Plans and more.
Urban soil is an important natural resource in Allegheny County. ACCD works with local partners to provide testing, outreach and research around this topic.