Ag Services


Windmills in Northern Clinton County

Agricultural Environmental Management Program

Welcome to the age of proactive steps to non-point source pollution potential from agriculture.   The Agricultural Environmental Management Program (AEM) will be coming to your farm very soon.  Please take a moment to talk with the person and allow them to walk you through the steps of AEM and how it can benefit your farm to be a part of this program.

Ag Value

Soil group worksheet is generated from our GIS information to produce a map with the soils over a digital ortho photo which also has the tax parcel information. The soils are counted on the values that are in agricultural production. This information is used for Agricultural Assessments.  $20 fee per parcel for preparation of Soil Group Worksheets.  Click on our Ag Assessments tab above for frequently asked questions.

For more information, visit the NYS Dept of Taxation

Need forms?  Click here

In 2013, the District purchased a 10′ Great Plains No-Till Drill to promote the use of conservation planting of cover crops, summer annuals and no-till seeding of pastures and hay fields.  The drill is rented for $15/acre and a $30 delivery charge.  Landowner must provide  suitable tractor and seed.  District technician will assist with set up. Don’t wait to contact the early to get on a list for the upcoming season.
In 2019, the District purchased a 2nd drill to increase our capacity.

See it in action here!

No till Drill (1)

The Clinton County No-Till Drills

Wheatheart Trailer Mounted Post Pounder

This trailer mounted post pounder was purchased in 2018 and is powered by a Honda motor.  It is the High and Heavy Hitter model and can drive posts that are up to 12” in diameter and 11’  long.  It has all hydraulic adjustments and is easy to use. Weighs over 2,500 pounds and can be used with a truck or tractor. This is a handy tool if you are working alone or don’t have a tractor.

Use to build livestock fence for better grazing, fencing out streams, vineyard or orchard trellis posts.  The Pounder rents for $25/day or $150 per week. 2 day Minimum rental and insurance is required.


Subsurface tile or artificial drainage is the practice of placing slotted drain tubes beneath the soil surface well below tillage depth to help lower the water table of poorly drained fields and/or wet areas within fields. Though the concepts and benefits of artificial drainage are ancient, it continues to be an important crop production practice for modern agriculture and changes in input prices and crop values has made subsurface drainage an even more valuable investment.  T

For more information:  Cornell Fact Sheet #57    and  Cornell Fact Sheet #58


The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) does its work through a mutual agreement with 62 Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) in New York. Conservation Districts are political subdivisions of State government where activities are governed by a locally appointed board of directors.

They deliver conservation programs to local landowners including:

  • Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
  • Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP)
  • Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP)
  • Small Watershed Program

They provide technical support to other State, Federal, and Local agencies in the delivery of the following programs:

  • Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)
  • Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)
  • Agricultural Management Assistance Program (AMA)
  • The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)


The Farm Service Agency (FSA) administers and manages farm commodity, credit, conservation, disaster and loan programs as laid out by Congress through a network of federal, state and county offices.

These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of the agricultural industry and to help farmers adjust production to meet demand. Economically, the desired result of these programs is a steady price range for agricultural commodities for both farmers and consumers.

In Clinton County, both the NRCS and FSA are co-located with the Clinton County Soil & Water Conservation District at 6064 Route 22, Plattsburgh NY.

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