The Pike County Soil & Water Conservation District will be conducting a sign-up for state cost-share funds March 1 through April 1.
State cost-share funds are made available to local landowners to address erosion and water quality issues on land being used for agricultural purposes. According to the MO Soil & Water Districts Commission rules for cost-share eligibility (10 CSR70.4.010(J), a farm is defined as a tract of land 3 acres or more in size, on which agricultural activities are normally performed, or a tract of land of any size from which $1000 or more of agricultural products are sold in a year.
Each application will be ranked to determine whether it meets state cost-share guidelines, and according to conservation benefits and cost effectiveness. Priority will be given to applications for practices in fields that are planted in wheat or no crop at all. Fields that can be worked in at the beginning of the fiscal year (July 1) will receive higher ranking than those not available until after fall harvest. Funds will be appropriated during the fiscal year 2014 (beginning July 1), based on the above criteria. The number of applications approved will be determined by the amount of state funds we receive.
Pike County will be offering cost-share on all of the practices that we have cost-shared on in the past, such as Permanent Vegetative Establishment, Permanent Vegetative Cover Improvement, Terrace Systems, No-Till Systems, Water Impoundment Reservoirs, Sediment Retention Structures, Waterways, Diversions, and Grazing Systems. In addition to these practices for the March sign-up, our district will be offering a continuous sign-up for practices that are new to our county. They include Timber Harvest Plans, Restoration of Skid Trails, Field Borders, Nutrient Management, Spring Development, and Well Decommissioning.
Participants in the Cost-Share Program will receive a reimbursement from DNR that amounts to 75 percent of the state average cost for that particular practice. DNR has a maximum payment allowed for some of the practices. Pike County has a limit of $17,500 per landowner, per fiscal year for cost-share funding. This policy allows the district to serve more landowners with the state funds we receive.
Funding for the State Cost-Share Program is provided by the Missouri one tenth of one percent State Parks and Soils tax. Stop by the Pike County SWCD Office at 1220 S. Bus. Hwy. 61 in Bowling Green to sign up for assistance, or call 573-324-3201, ext. 3 for more information. Our hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.