Morgan, Guernsey counties offer conservation enhancement funding

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COLUMBUS — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is offering financial and technical assistance to eligible landowners in Morgan and Guernsey counties through a new Conservation Enhancement and Outreach Project.

The conservation practices available through the Conservation Enhancement and Outreach Project protect natural resources while enhancing pasture, crop and forestland.

Nutrient management practices, such as animal waste storage facilities and conservation cover, protect water quality and improve soil health.

Brush and herbaceous weed control practices improve forest and grasslands by stemming the spread of invasive and noxious plants that often crowd out native plants or harm livestock.

High tunnel systems extend the growing season and provide a source of locally grown produce. Several other conservation practices are also available for site-specific natural resource management needs.

This project will utilize Environmental Quality Incentives Program funding. EQIP is a voluntary conservation program that helps agricultural producers protect the environment while promoting agricultural production.

With the program, NRCS conservation experts provide technical assistance to implement environmentally beneficial conservation practices on working agricultural land.

Apply

Individuals interested in applying for the Conservation Enhancement and Outreach Project should make an appointment with the local NRCS conservationist as soon as possible.

The deadline to apply is March 16.

For more information or to make an appointment contact Morgan County,  740-454-2767 or Guernsey County 740-432-5621.

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