The Barren County Conservation District will be accepting requests for cost share funding under the Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share Program beginning February 1 and extending through February 28, 2006.

The Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share Program was in 1994 created 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 assists 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 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 reduces 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 State Cost Share 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 your local 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. In the first eleven years of this program, the Division of Conservation has received 19,105 applications seeking $197 million in cost share assistance. Based on the available funds to the program in each of these years, 6,263 of those applications have been approved for a total of $71.2 million.

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. Approved applicants will be notified in July of 2006 and they will have 12 months to complete their practice.

For more information stop by the conservation district office located at 207 YMCA Way Glasgow, KY 42141 Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Phone: (270) 629-6811.

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