Carroll County Conservation District announces 2012 cost share program

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The Carroll County Conservation District will accept requests for cost share funding under the Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share and Environmental Stewardship Program May 14 through June 15.          

The Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share Program along with the Environ-mental Stewardship Program are created to help agricultural operations protect the soil and water resources of Kentucky. 

These programs were established by the Kentucky General Assembly in 1994 and 2000 and over the 17 years of these programs about $120 million has been approved to plan, design and install much needed best management practices on approximately 14,200 farms to protect soil resources and water quality. 

These annual cost share funds are administered by conservation districts with priority given to animal waste related problems and agricultural district participants where pollution problems have been identified. Initial funding for the program will be provided by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and now also utilizes the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement Funds.

These programs are administered at the state level by the Soil and Water Conservation Commission and the Kentucky Division of Conservation, located in Frankfort. Applications are ranked statewide and approved for funding based on available funds.

For more information stop by the conservation district office located at USDA/NRCS Service Center, 1802 Highland Ave., Carrollton or call the office at(502) 732-6098 or (502) 732-0070 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Container gardening workshop

Carroll County Public Library is hosting a container gardening workshop from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 12.  Come join us at the library and learn more about the different container gardening techniques.

Please RSVP by Friday, May 11 to the library at (502) 732-7020.

The class size is limited to 15 people. For more information, you may also call the Carroll County Extension Office, (502) 732-7030.

Dates of Interest

May 12:Container Gardening Workshop, 10 a.m.-noon, Carroll County Public Library.

May 15:Carroll County Extension District Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Carroll County Extension Office.

May 15: Carroll County Extension Council Meeting, 7 p.m., Carroll County Extension Office.

May 16:4-H Camp Counselor (adult, teen, counselor-in-training) applications due to the Carroll County Extension Office.

May 21: Carroll County Cattlemen’s Association meeting, 6:30 p.m., Carroll County Extension Office. Dr. Ray Smith, UK Extension Forage Specialist, will speak on topics related to forage production.

May 28:Extension Office is closed for Memorial Day.

May 30:4-H Camp Camper applications due to the Carroll County Extension Office.

May 31:First 4-H Camp Camper Orientation, 6 p.m., Carroll County Extension Office. All 4-H Campers must attend one of the two camper orientations in order to attend 4-H Camp. Class signups will also take place.  The second orientation will be held June 19.

June 1:Deadline for FSA Sign Ups (DCP and ACRE Programs).

June 1:Final Cut-Off Date for NRCS Sign Ups (EQIP, Hoop Houses, and On-Farm Energy Initiatives).

Christin Herbst is the Carroll County Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to Christin.Herbst@uky.edu.