Farmers who have conservation practices that received severe damage from storm events in 2008 and 2009 are encouraged to apply for 75% cost share for repairs through their local Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD).
The Division of Soil Conservation has set aside $3 million from bond proceeds to assist producers with repairs of their waterways, terraces, and windbreaks. The practices must have been originally designed to Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) specifications and the cost share will be provided to repair the practices to their pre-storm condition.
Interested producers in Cherokee County should stop in and apply at the Cherokee SWCD -- 314 Lake Street in Cherokee or call 225-4151 with questions.
A technician will complete an on-site visit to determine if the repair is related to severe weather and not a general maintenance issue. The program cannot be used to maintain practices or repair practices that were caused by a lack of maintenance.
In order to be eligible for the program, the repairs must not be started until the cost share application is approved. Applications will be taken until Dec. 31, 2009 and they will be funded on a first come first serve basis.