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River Friendly Farms Certification

Coming Soon

Get River Friendly Farm Certified

We are pleased to announce the development of a River Friendly Farms Certification program for farmers in the Cumberland River basin. This program will be dedicated to recognizing and promoting farmers who are good stewards of land and water resources in the basin. If you are a farmer, large or small, that has been working to implement conservation practices on your farm and wants to be recognized for it, this program is for you.

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Paving the way for Tennessee

The Cumberland River Compact is the first official licensor of the River Friendly Farms program that began in northern New Jersey, developed by the North Jersey RC&D. We are working together to bring their model to Tennessee to be administered by the Cumberland River Compact. The Compact will pilot certify 5-10 farms in the basin in 2021.

RIVER FRIENDLY FARMS ARE EVALUATED BASED ON THEIR COMMITMENT TO:

Cleaner Water

Reducing the flow of excess nutrients and chemicals into waterways and increasing water infiltration to support groundwater recharge and reduce flooding

Healthier Soils

Ensuring long-term productivity of soils by encouraging natural soil functions and reducing erosion

NATURAL HABITAT

Creating a healthy ecosystem for fish, amphibians, birds, and insects.

CLIMATE RESILIENCE

Building resilient soils that promote infiltration and sequester carbon in the soil to promote natural climate systems.

Criteria Evaluated

Soil Health and Erosion

Preventing Erosion while Building Soil Quality

BASIC CRITERIA

  • Little to no soil erosion

  • Good pasture management

  • Practices protect and increase soil organic matter


Nutrient Management

Using Crop Nutrients as Efficiently as Possible

BASIC CRITERIA

  • Right Rate
  • Right Placement
  • Right Timing

Pest Management

Preventing the Spread of Pests and Reducing Pesticide Use

BASIC CRITERIA

  • Non-Pesticidal Measures
  • IPM Strategies in Place
  • Record Keeping & Calibration
  • Mixing and Storage precautions
  • Pesticide Selection

Farmstead Management

Preventing farmyard run-off from impacting local water resources

BASIC CRITERIA

  • Run-off management
  • Leachate and wastewater management
  • Concentrated livestock areas managed
  • Manure and compost storage
  • Litter and trash management

Protecting Waterways

Riparian Buffers and Livestock Stream Exclusions

BASIC CRITERIA

  • iparian buffers on permanent waterways
  • Streams not impacted by on-site activities
  • Restricted livestock access to waterways
  • Irrigation water management

This program is made possible through funding from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Nonpoint Pollution Grant Program.