2011-07-26 / Front Page

Owen & Putnam SWCDs Offering Cover Crop Cost-Share Program

SWCD Report

The Board of Supervisors for the Owen County and Putnam County Soil and Water Conservation Districts are pleased to announce their partnership in bringing a Cover Crop Cost-Share Program to the Mill Creek Watershed. This program is made possible by grants received by the Owen and Putnam County SWCDs through the Clean Water Indiana Grant Fund administered by the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.

The Cover Crop Program is available to landowners and operators within Mill Creek watershed (HUC 05120203 sub watershed) located in northern Owen and southern Putnam counties. SWCD staff will work with landowners and operators within the Mill Creek watershed to determine if their agricultural land lies within this specific sub watershed. Applications will be accepted while funds last.

The program will allow up to $1,000 per entity to purchase cover crop seed. Applications may be obtained from either the Owen or Putnam County SWCD Office. The Owen and Putnam County SWCDs have also entered into a partnership with local Agricultural Businesses in the area to provide a discount on the cost of seed. Those Agricultural Businesses partnering on this initiative are the Cloverdale Agri-Center, Butler’s LP & Fertilizer, Co-Alliance (Stilesville and Quincy) and Ceres Solutions (Clay City). Applicants accepted into the Cover Crop Program can utilize these or other seed sources but must follow the cover crop seeding standard provided by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) who is also a partner in this Program. NRCS will provide technical assistance to Program participants.

More information is available on the CCSI website: www.in.gov/isda/ccsi/.

The Owen County Soil and Water Conservation District can be reached at 812-829-2605. The Putnam County Soil and Water Conservation District can be reached at 765-653- 5716, ext.3

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