The KY EXCEL Program established the Farm membership level in 2016 to highlight environmental stewardship endeavors of Kentucky agricultural community.
Become an EXCEL Farm Member today!
The program is open to all individuals and entities that own land and farm crops or livestock or is an advocacy group for farmers/agriculture. Membership is for one year and can be renewed each year. Begin by submitting an EXCEL Farm Application and a Project Proposal form. See Farm Forms in the resources below.
Choose a Voluntary EXCEL Farm Project
A member submits at least one voluntary project that benefits the environment. A project may include activities such as water conservation, soils management, reducing waste, educational or community outreach, and so much more! The only condition of a project is that it may not be a DEP requirement.
For a farm that is 10 acres or more, the project may be a best management practice associated with the farm's Agriculture Water Quality Plan (AQWP). If the farm does not currently have an AWQP, establishment of a plan may be the first year's project.
The University of Kentucky provides a planning tool to assess farm operations and identify possible best management practices for an AWQP.