Best Management Practices (BMPs)

Ronald Levy  |  3/6/2018 8:47:47 PM

Public concern over the effects of agriculture and forestry production practices on environmental quality has grown in recent years. Louisiana has more than 340 stream segments on the 303(d) list as being impaired (not meeting established standards for oxygen, fecal bacteria and other pollutants). These environmental concerns, along with the need for agricultural producers in Louisiana to be more proficient in production and farm management/marketing to remain economically viable, have led to the multi-agency effort to develop the Louisiana Master Farmer Program.


The Louisiana Master Farmer Program is an effort to demonstrate that agricultural producers can and will voluntarily reduce the impact that agricultural production has on Louisiana’s environment.

Best management practices (BMPs) are used by agricultural producers to control the generation and delivery of pollutants from agricultural activities to water resources of the state, thereby reducing the amount of agricultural pollutants entering surface and ground waters.

The eleven best management practices (BMPs) manuals from the LSU AgCenter are about agronomic crops, aquaculture, beef, crawfish, dairy, poultry, rice, sugarcane, sweet potatoes, swine and water protection.

Agronomic Crops (Corn and Feed Grains, Soybeans, Cotton, Wheat)
These crops are valuable to the Louisiana economy. The best management practices supplied by this manual are important to maintaining this industry.

Aquaculture
This list of best management practices is a guide for the selection and implementation of those practices that will help aquaculture producers conserve soil and protect water and air resources by reducing pollutants from reaching both surface water and groundwater.

Beef
The best management practices that apply most directly to the beef industry are in this publication. A brief description, purpose and conditions to which the practices apply are given for each of the BMPs listed.

Crawfish
This best management practices manual is a guide for the selection, implementation and management of practices that will help growers conserve soil and protect water and air resources.

Dairy
Dairying, by its nature, requires specific practices to conserve and protect soil and water resources. Best management practices are an effective and practical means of reducing point- and nonpoint-source water pollutants at levels compatible with environmental quality goals.

Poultry
BMPs for poultry farms are a specific set of practices used by farmers to reduce the amount of soil, nutrients, pesticides and microbial contaminants entering surface water and groundwater while maintaining or improving the productivity of agricultural land. This BMP manual is a guide for the selection, implementation and management of those practices that will help poultry farmers conserve soil and protect water and air resources.

Rice
This guide describes the conservation measures or best management practices for rice production implemented primarily for the purpose of conserving and protecting soil and water resources by controlling the movement of potential agricultural pollutants into surface water and groundwater.

Sugarcane
Sugarcane is the highest-valued row crop grown in Louisiana. For sugarcane production to continue to thrive in Louisiana, responsible management of soil and water resources should be a priority. This guide lists the best management practices to use in Louisiana sugarcane production.

Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are an important commodity in Louisiana. Best management practices provide sweet potato growers guidelines on what practices they can implement to reduce the impact agricultural practices may have on the environment.

Swine
The best management practices for the swine industry are in this manual. Included are an introduction and information for managing soil, water, nutrients, pesticide and mortality as they relate to the swine industry.

Protecting Louisiana's Waters Using Best Management Practices
This publication includes information on five main areas: nutrient management, pesticide management, soil and water management, pasture management and general farm BMPs.

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