Posted with permission from the Spencer Evening World. Original article published 3/24/2015.
The Owen County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) is currently accepting applications for cost-share funding for conservation practices in the Mill Creek watershed in northern Owen County. The funding is provided by a $75,000 Clean Water Indiana grant administered by the Hendricks County SWCD.
Owen County SWCD Executive Director Kelsey Thetonia said funding will be available for cover crops, no-till equipment modifications, and a $250 incentive to select landowners for participating in a three-year economics/tillage system survey. Since the grant is split between four counties, Owen will receive $5,625 each year for cost-share (not including survey incentives).
Cover crops will be cost-shared at a flat rate of $20 per acre for a maximum of 50 acres, and priority will be given to producers who have never used this practice before. Notill equipment modifications will be cost-shared at a maximum rate of 75 percent, or up to $2,500 per producer. A few examples of no-till equipment modifications include: putting starter fertilizer on the planter (not popup), closing wheels, row cleaners, and no-till coulters.
If you are interested in any of these opportunities for 2015, please contact Thetonia at the Owen County SWCD to see if you qualify. Applications can be found online at owencountyswcd.org or at the SWCD office.
Please submit 2015 applications by April 1st to the Owen County SWCD to ensure priority ranking. Applications received after this date will be ranked lower, or may have to be considered for funding in 2016.
The Owen County SWCD office is located at 743 East Franklin Street, Suite C, in Spencer and can be reached by phone at 812-829- 2605.