Installation of Grazing Best Management Practices

and Solar/Wind Powered Water Pumping Systems for Rotational Grazing

The Endless Mountains RC&D Council received a grant to convert 360 acres of cropland to pasture and to install (10) solar/wind powered water pumping systems. Solar Wind Powered Water Pumping StationThe project is in cooperation with the Northeast Chapter of Project Grass and the Pocono Northeast RC&D Council.

Modern agriculture has resulted in the use of farm machinery to perform the majority of on farm tasks with includes feeding livestock rather than allowing livestock to pasture for their own nourishment. Pasturing and rotational grazing allows the farmers to lessen or minimize the reliance on farm machinery, possibly reduce labor needs and allow the livestock to forage for their food. A result of this pasturing and rotational grazing is a reduction in the use of fossil fuels, soil erosion better nutrient management, improved water quality, and carbon sequestration.

Pasturing and rotational grazing are practices that have been gaining in popularity, but have some obstacles in gaining widespread acceptance and usage. Utilizing rotational grazing results in the need for large amounts of additional fencing, watering systems for livestock, animal trails/walkways, stream crossings, pasture seeds, etc. For this reason, we offered a grant program where a farmer/landowner received incentive payments on the acres of cropland converted to pasture to help offset the cost of implementing a rotational grazing system.