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Farmer input sought for EQIP

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The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service administers the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, a federal program that provides technical and financial assistance to land users to address natural resource concerns. NRCS is asking for local input for the fiscal year 2013 program.

For fiscal year 2013 EQIP will be administered in Kentucky using four ranking areas across the state. The ranking areas consist of multiple counties that have been determined to have similar farming operations and resource concerns. Applicants within each ranking area compete only with others in that ranking area.  NRCS has asked for local input from each of these areas.

A Local Working Group meeting consisting of Boone, Kenton, Campbell, Grant, Owen, Carroll and Gallatin counties is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 29, 9:30 a.m. at the Walton Branch of the Boone County Public Library in Walton.  Recommendations from this group will be provided to NRCS to be used in developing the criteria used to award EQIP contracts during fiscal year 2013.

The Local Working Group was established by the 2002 Farm Bill as a group to provide recommendations to NRCS on local natural resource priorities and criteria for conservation activities and programs.  Originally, this group was limited to governmental representatives, however, the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill) has now made Local Working Group meetings public meetings and all interested persons are invited to attend.

This is your opportunity to have input regarding the ranking criteria for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.   

For additional information or if you have questions or require special accommodations please contact the Carroll County Conservation District office at (502) 732-6098 or Greta Steverson, Lead District Conservationist for USDA-NRCS at (859) 586-7903.

A green Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, save money and go green by following a few environment-friendly tips:

• Use natural items from your backyard to decorate.  Hay bales, mums, pumpkins, gourds, fodder shocks, dried flowers, leaves and branches can be used throughout autumn, and then composted once the season is over.

• Pour any fats, oils, and greases from cooking in a sealed container, such as a coffee can. Once the container is full throw it into the trash. Never pour fats, oils, and greases down the drain.  They can clog pipes and cause septic system failure.

• Reduce the amount of waste produced by using reusable plates, cups, and utensils, and purchasing items that have a minimal amount of packaging.

• When cleaning the house and preparing for guests, use green cleaning products. Combine one-fourth cup of white vinegar, one tablespoon of cornstarch, and one quart of warm water in a spray bottle for a no-streak glass cleaner.  Use with crumbled newspapers to clean windows.

From our Extension family to yours, have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Dates of interest

November 22 and 23: Extension Office closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Nov. 27: Master Stocker Program, Session 6 of 8, 6:30 p.m., Grant County Extension Office.

 

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.