Soil & Water gets funds to assist with conservation practices
by Staff Report
The Richmond Soil and Water Conservation District has just received its cost share allocation from the state. These funds are available to assist farmers to install conservation practices which help decrease the amount of sediment, nitrogen, phosphors, chemicals and other pollutants in the surface and ground waters of the state.
The district received $48,505 for this year. Landowners and operators of existing agricultural operations may apply for cost share assistance to install conservation practices such as: Conservation Tillage (No Till), Animal Waste Management (Spreaders, Waste Storage Structure, and Composters), Cropland conversion to grasses or trees, sod-based rotation, field borders, critical area planting, livestock exclusion(fencing), cover crops and many more.
The above practices help to reduce sediment and nutrient runoff from cropland and prevent the occurrence of stream bank erosion, sedimentation and pollution of neighboring streams.
In order to assist with the No-Till, the Richmond Soil and Water Conservation District offers availability to rent a No Till Drill for the amount of $8/acre.
In you want more information or wish to apply for funds, call Bobbie M. Gerald at the district office at 997-8244, ext. 3, to make an appointment or visit us at 123 Caroline St., Suite 300, Rockingham.
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