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Farmstead Assessment Program

The farmstead includes the buildings, livestock, and storage areas that are often near the farm home. There are many activities that occur on the farmstead that can pose risks to water quality. An important consideration on many farmsteads is the drinking water well that the family and animals use. The farmstead assessment program helps to assess the risk of contamination to water resources, and provides information and recommendations on improving practices and preventing pollution.


"The biggest lesson to come out of this was understanding all the things that can impact water quality. I raised my awareness of how my activities on the farm affect my own drinking water. I recommend this program to everyone."

Clinton County Grain and Hog Farmer



Start your own environmental farm assessment with this
"Farm QuickCheck ." This quick checklist is the gateway to the rest of the Indiana Farmstead Assessment program and guides you to the specific information you require found in the topic areas shown below.

Indiana Farmstead Assessment consists of the following set of surveys and factsheets focusing on areas of your farm that could present water quality issues. Program Introduction.

Drinking water well 
Pesticide storage and handling
Fertilizer storage and handling
Fuel storage and handling

Hazardous waste management

Household waste water

Livestock confinment assessment 

Pasture assessment

Silage

Milkcenter waste water treatment

Site Evaluation


For field cropping practices go to the Field Assessment Page.




 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Each topic area will take from 15 - 30 minutes to complete. You are encouraged to develop an action plan for any activities that you identify as high risk. Helpful contact information for technical questions is provided in each survey companion fact sheet. Take time today to ensure safe water for the future!
 

To order the Farmstead Assessment packet (WQ-22) that includes all of the above publications call toll-free 1-888-EXT-INFO and ask for Media Distribution.


For additional information contact
Brent Ladd

 
Updated August 28, 2006
Purdue Extension

For questions regarding the content of this site contact Brent Ladd. For information on the Purdue Extension Water Quality Program contact
Jane Frankenberger, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Purdue University
 
   
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