The Ralls County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will start State Cost Share Sign-up November 1 through November 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, 2014 and June 30, 2015 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 2013, you will not be eligible for fiscal year 2015 funds.
To get your farm or a farm you operate on the sign-up list, stop by the USDA-NRCS/SWCD office at 17623 Highway 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 one percent sales tax for State Parks and Soil Tax and administered by Ralls County Soil and Water Conservation District.