Welcome to our site! Here’s our latest news that we’d like to share:
Cost-Share Funds Now Available to Producers
The Clark and Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) were awarded a 2018 Clean Water Indiana (CWI) Grant for a project that will strive to promote soil health on pasture/hay land, and improve water quality. Conservation practices will be installed that help to: improve forage and biomass quality; reduce soil erosion and compaction; reduce excessive nutrients and sediments in surface and ground waters; and improve inadequate feed, forage, and water.
Though the project primarily focuses on practices associated with livestock, the cover crop practice is included. Cover crops are not only a means to reduce erosion, and diminish sediment entering our waters, they can also be grazed as part of a pasture management plan. Practices producers can implement through the project are as follows: heavy use area protection (HUAP), access road, pipeline, watering tanks, forage and biomass planting, cover crop, roof runoff structure, animal trails and walkways, underground outlet, and permanent interior fence. Additional funds from the SWCD’s have been pledged to help implement the practices should there be demand exceeding grant dollars available.
Cost-share rate on practices installed is 60% of actual cost; caps on individual practices have been set. Practices must be completed according to Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) specifications. Practices must be completed in the year that the participant’s application is approved for funding.
Producers interested in applying for this incentive program should contact their home county’s Conservation District office to receive an application, and detailed information. Links to Clark County forms are given below. Applications will be taken continually, and evaluated and ranked on a timely, periodic basis throughout the 3-year project life or until all grant monies are expended.
Jefferson County producers may contact the Jefferson County SWCD office at 812-265-7609, or visit www.jeffersoncountyswcd.com.
SWCD 75th Anniversary Approaches
January 31, 2019, will mark the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the Clark County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). To commemorate this event, we will have many photos (can you find yourself in one?), and a slide show of the District’s history to present. We’ll also be serving helpings of anniversary cake after our catered meal. And, as with all our Annual Meetings, we will be electing one member of our Board of Supervisors, and distributing door prizes.
Our meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 31, 2019, in the Community Building on the Clark County 4-H Fairgrounds. Tickets will go on sale in early January. Please contact the SWCD office at 812-256-2330, ext. 3, for tickets or more information.
Women4theLand Learning Circle Planned
The Clark County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is excited to announce plans to host its first Women4theLand Learning Circle! Recent surveys estimate women now own or co-own close to 50% of the farmland in the U.S. Circles are designed to serve those women who are interested in maintaining productive, profitable land, while conserving natural resources.
Learning Circles are women-only, peer-to-peer meetings in which every women’s knowledge and expertise is of value. Female conservationists are available to facilitate discussions and provide information to help the landowners make informed decisions about soil and water conservation, hunting and habitat management, pollinator habitat, forest management, and more. Lunch, and an afternoon field tour of conservation practices, round out the day. There is no cost to participate.
Our first Circle meeting is planned for spring 2019. If you’d like to be on our mailing list to receive an invitation and more details, please contact the SWCD office at 812-256-2330, ext. 3. Hope that we will see you in the “Circle”!
Activities in our Conservation District would not be possible without support from the sponsors listed below:
Dan Cristiani Excavating, Inc.
1221 Old Highway 31E, Clarksville, IN 47129
Visit their web site…
Farm Credit Mid-America
1963 W. Mount Dr., Scottsburg, IN 47170-0377
812-752-2210 or 800-742-9930
Visit Farm Credit’s web site...
Clark County Farm Bureau, Inc.
2004 New Albany-Charlestown Pike
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Wright Brothers Implement, Hardware & General Store
17606 Highway 60
Borden, IN 47106
Sanders Farm Service, LLC
4612 Highway 160, Charlestown, IN 47111
New Washington State Bank
402 East Main St.
New Washington, IN 47162
Jim O’Neal Ford
516 S. Indiana Ave.
Sellersburg, IN 47172
Indiana Land Company
1046 W. Knable Rd.
Georgetown, IN 47122