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Phase I, conservation reserve program sign-ups in March

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Farm Focus – Tim Hendrick

I hope you noticed the ad in the paper recently about the sign-up period for the Phase I cost-share money.
Applications will be taken from Wednesday, March 16, through 4:30 p.m. March 30; they will be available at the Extension Office, and anyone on my mailing list will receive an application in the mail. They will be sent out Tuesday, March 15.
The sign-up this time has a 25- to 75-percent match, with a limit of $2,500. Receipts dated from Sept. 21 through the end of the program will be eligible.
The applications will be scored March 30; notification letters will sent by April 1.
There will be a lot of information in the cover page of the application, so please take the time to read the sheet before you begin to fill it out. Applications that don’t meet sign-up criteria will be disqualified.
If you have question, call me or come see me at the office, and I will help you with your application.

Riverview Farmers
Market meeting

Riverview Farmers Market members will meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 11, at the Carroll County Extension Office. Anyone thinking about producing for the market is welcome to attend.

FSA program sign-ups

Sign-ups for the Conservation Reserve Program gets under way Monday, March 14, and ends Friday, April 15.
Sponsored by the Farm Services Agency, CRP is the largest voluntary private-land conservation program. It helps farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural producers use environmentally sensitive land for conservation purposes.
CRP assists in creating new wildlife habitat and enhancing water, soil, and air quality through a variety of covers that can be established on the offered land. In return, the FSA provides participants rental payments, cost-share and technical assistance through the Commodity Credit Corp.
This is the program’s 25th year, during which the CRP has been used to protect millions of acres of land from erosion while also increasing wildlife numbers throughout Kentucky.
The CRP has made an enormous impact by reducing water runoff and sedimentation, protecting groundwater and taking care of Kentucky’s lakes, rivers, ponds and streams.
When signing up, eligible participants should be prepared to identify the specific acreage they want to offer. If the land is owned by more than one person, all owners must agree to enroll the land prior to the end of sign-up. Contracts awarded under this sign-up become effective Oct. 1.
All offers for CRP will be evaluated and ranked by determining the environmental benefits to be gained. Factors included are impact on wildlife, water, soil, air and enduring benefits, along with the cost.
For more information, contact your county’s FSA office or visit Fsa.Usda.gov.

Third Thursday

Goats are the topic of the March 17 “Third Thursday” program at Kentucky State University. The program is 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the KSU Research Farm. Presentations include udder health, budgets and business planning for small ruminant production; keeping records for improved production; and tools and equipment for goat production.
The tri-state woodland and wildlife workshop is set for March 26 at General Butler State Park
Forestry lands have great potential to be anything from a source of income to a source of pleasure; learn to manage your forest lands for that potential at this one-day workship, which begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m.
Early registration is $40 through March 16 is $40 and $50 thereafter. Lunch is included. Visit TristateWoods.org or contact Renee Williams at (859-257-7597 or forestry.extension@uky.edu.

Tim Hendrick is the Carroll Co. Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources. Call (502) 732-7030 or e-mail thendrick@uky.edu.