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Conservation District Cost Share Program announced

The Woodford County Conservation District will be accepting requests for cost share funding under the Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share Program.

The Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share Program was created in 1994 by the Kentucky General Assembly to help agricultural and silviculture operations protect the soil and water resources of the Commonwealth. This financial and technical assistance program helps individual agriculture producers in the development and implementation of their agriculture water quality plans, which are required under state law. Any person engaged in agricultural or silvicultural operations is eligible to apply through the local conservation district, which oversees the installation of the best management practices. The State Cost Share program gives a high priority to animal waste- related problems and agricultural district participants where pollution problems have been identified. The best management practices approved through the State Cost Share Program help reduce animal waste nutrients, prevent the loss of topsoil, and minimize sediment and other pollutants to Kentucky’s streams, rivers, lakes and groundwater supplies. Among the eighteen practices eligible under the program, some of the most frequently installed practices are Agricultural Waste Control Facility, Heavy Use Area Protection, Rotational Grazing System Establishment, Stream Crossing, and Streambank Stabilization. Please contact the Woodford County Conservation District Office for details on all eligible practices. The program provides up to $20,000 for animal waste storage practices and up to $7,500 for other practices.

Funding for practices will be approved by the Soil and Water Conservation Commission and the Kentucky Division of Conservation, located in Frankfort, as funds are available. For more information stop by the Woodford County Conservation District office in the Agriculture Resource Building at 180 Beasley Drive, Versailles,Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., phone: 859-873-4941, ext. 3.

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