The Richmond Register

October 31, 2012

Gateway heavy-use area cost share sign ups open

By Brandon Sears
Extension Agent

RICHMOND — The Madison County Conservation District is expanding a new initiative of local cost share to assist Madison County landowners.

The Conser-vation District has set aside cost share funds for a gateway heavy use area protection program. The purpose of the program is to help Madison County farmers with the necessary means to repair gateways to reduce degradation, soil erosion, and pollution. The signups begin Nov. 7, and continue thru Nov. 14, at the conservation district office located at 1024 Ival James Blvd, Suite A-1, in Richmond.

There is a limited amount of funds set aside for this program and approval will be on a first come- first serve basis, for those who have not received CAIP or State Cost Share for conservation practices in recent years.

Landowners receiving CAIP or State Cost Share last sign-up period (year) will NOT be eligible to receive cost share for this practice. Those receiving CAIP or State Cost Share assistance for conservation practices two sign up periods (years) ago will go to the bottom of the list.

The program will be carried out subject to the conservation district board of supervisors review until designated funds have been allocated. This conservation practice may be applied in gateway areas for movement of livestock and agricultural equipment.

The Conservation District will provide 50 percent cost share to Madison County landowners to a maximum of $250 per gateway protected. Owners are limited to one gateway per farm (FSA farm number and social security number) per sign up year.

Continued and extensive use of gateways on agricultural operations may lead to extensive reoccurring pollution problems. Installation of filter fabric and rock will assist in soil stabilization, help prevent future soil degradation, and reduce water pollution.

Eligible items for cost share include a minimum of 50 feet of filter fabric and up to 30 tons of rock. Filter fabric will be a minimum of 12.5 feet wide by 50 feet long; covered with 25-30 tons of dense grade or No. 2 rock approximately 6 inches deep. Participants agree to prepare the site, lay filter fabric, and properly distribute the rock. A receipt for the filter fabric and rock along with a photo of the completed conservation practice is required to obtain cost share.

Signups for the heavy-use area protection for gateways cost share will be at the Madison County Conservation District Office located at 1024 Ival James Blvd., Suite A-1, Richmond. Signups will begin Nov. 7 and continue through Nov. 14 on a first-come, first-serve basis, for those who have not received CAIP or State Cost Share funds for conservation practices in recent years.

For more details, call 624-1981, Ext. 3.

(Source: Jimmy Marcum, Conservation Education Liasion, Madison Conservation District)

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