Stroud – Farm Stewardship Program

This program provides financial and technical assistance for conservation practices if landowners are also willing to install forested buffers along streams on their property. A minimum of 35 feet of forested buffer is required.

For every acre of forested buffer installed, landowners can receive $4,000 to help pay for other conservation practices, for example waterways, manure BMPs, barnyards, fencing, stream crossings, watering systems or for Conservation Plans and Nutrient/Manure Management Plans.

Depending on a farmer’s needs, this program can also provide professional help for planning, help with applications to other programs, and funds to reduce out-of-pocket costs.

Stroud Water Research Center Logo

Farmers can participate in the Farm Stewardship Program in addition to other programs like CREP, EQIP, RCPP.

For more information, contact the Berks County Conservation District 610-372-4657 or contact Lamonte Garber (Stroud Water Research Center) at 717-576-3287,

For additional resources, click on the links below:

Farm Stewardship Program brochure

CREP Enrollment Process (overview)

NRCS Application (for EQIP, RCPP)

Barnyard Before Photo
Barnyard Before Improvment((Photo: TeamAg Inc)
Barnyard After Photo
Barnyard After Improvment((Photo: TeamAg Inc)

Berks County Conservation District 1238 County Welfare Road, Suite 200, Leesport, PA 19533  •  610-372-4657

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