Twenty acres of highly erodible land are enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, maintaining native prairie grass for wildlife habitat.
Recently, the farm was recognized for its high standard of conservation by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service by its acceptance into the National Conservation Stewardship Program. The goats are an important factor in this, as their habit causes little impact to their water accesses and to fragile terrain and drainage areas. They also are a key element in the nonchemical control of invasive plant species such as multiflora rose and Canada thistle.
The Glen Cauffman Farm has been continuous no-till since 1984, protecting soil from erosion and enhancing water infiltration. Thousands of feet of sod waterways have been installed over the past three decades. A created wetland for storm water detention captures runoff from the neighbor farm.
All cropland is maintained in contour strips of alternating crops in rotation. Cover crops and crop residue management provide soil armor, protecting the soil in the winter months. Integrated Pest Management minimizes the use of pesticides by weekly crop scouting and subscribing to pest modeling services that predict when pests and diseases will be prevalent, allowing targeted, ecological intervention.
Wildlife thrives on The Glen Cauffman Farm. Deer, raccoons, rabbits, squirrels, wild turkeys, grouse, pheasants, opossums, mink, woodchucks, porcupines, foxes, coyotes, skunks, raptors, song birds and an occasional black bear regularly share the ecosystem.