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Conservation District cost share program is announced

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The Marion County Conservation District will be accepting requests for cost share funding under the Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share and Environmental Stewardship Program beginning Feb. 1, and extending through Feb. 28.           
The Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share Program along with the Environmental 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 the 1994 and 2000 and over the 16 years of these programs approximately $113.5 million has been approved to plan, design and install much needed best management practices on approximately 10, 500 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 682 Metts Drive, Lebanon, Ky.  40033.  The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The office can be reached by calling (270) 692-2431.