The Ralls County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will start State Cost Share Sign-up Nov. 1, through Nov. 30.
The District is initiating sign-ups due to the limited amount of Cost Share funds and the high demand for assistance. The Ralls SWCD Board of supervisors will evaluate the requests and allocate the funds based on the greatest resource need in order to get the most conservation applied on the land for the dollar. Wheat ground and set aside land are priorities.
Landowners who are planning to construct conservation practices between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014 and want to use state cost share assistance are required to sign-up during this period. Only assistance requests received during this sign-up period will be considered for cost share.
Conservation practices currently available for cost share assistance include Terraces, Sod waterways, Diversions, Permanent Vegetative Cover Establishment, Critical Area Seeding, Water Impoundment Reservoirs, and Water and Sediment Control Basins.
New cost-share practices that may be available are: Grazing Management practices and Sensitive Areas – Well Decommissioning.
If you do not sign-up in November, you will not be eligible for fiscal year 2014 funds.
To get your farm or a farm you operate on the sign-up list, stop by the USDA-NRCS/SWCD office at 17623 Hwy. 19, Suite 3, New London, MO.
Office Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, or call 573-985-8611, Ext. 3.
The state cost-share program is funded by the one-tenth of 1 percent sales tax for State Parks and Soil Tax and administered by Ralls County Soil and Water Conservation District.