The SWCD works with farmers and rural landowners to implement a wide variety of strategies to hold soil in place, reduce erosion issues, and protect water quality. Alternative farming practices, such as cover crops, no till, and permanent vegetation are options for reducing exposed soil. Large erosion problems, such as gullies, can be stabilized using grassed waterways, earthen diversions, or water and sediment control basins. Livestock and their associated nutrients can be managed with rotational grazing, livestock exclusion fencing, and agricultural waste systems. There are state and federal programs that help finance these and other practices in the rural sector.