October 2017
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Cultivating  502

Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District

“Always include local nature - the land, the water, the air, the native creatures - within the membership of the community.”
— Wendell Berry, Conserving Communities, 1995
A gabion wall stabilizes the side of an eroded stream bank.
 Conservation Cost-Share Programs
Financial Assistance Available to Implement Conservation Practices 

As winter approaches, we brace for the wet and snowy conditions ahead. During the winter, animal feeding areas and areas with a lot of “hoof” traffic can lead to deep mud holes and soil erosion. If you are experiencing problems with mud and want to find a solution, contact the conservation office. There are state cost share programs for Jefferson County farmers who need help fixing high traffic areas and winter feeding pads. 

There are also additional practices eligible for cost share for Jefferson County landowners. They include:
  • Agriculture and animal waste control facilities
  • Streambank stabilization
  • Animal waste utilization
  • Vegetative filter strips
  • Integrated crop management
  • Pesticide containment
  • Sinkhole protection
  • Pasture and hay land forage quality
  • Heavy use area protection
  • Rotational grazing system establishment
  • Water well protection
  • Forest land and cropland erosion control systems
  • Closure of agriculture waste impoundment
  • On-farm fallen animal composting
  • Soil health management
  • Precision nutrient management
  • Strip intercropping system
  • Livestock stream crossing and riparian area protection
The state cost share applications are accepted any time throughout the year.  Ranking of applications will be performed once each year on the state level by the Kentucky Soil and Water Conservation Commission at the Kentucky Division of Conservation in Frankfort. Approval of applications is based on a statewide ranking criteria and the availability of funds. Cost share rates are a maximum of 60 to 75 percent of the actual installation cost of the practice not to exceed $7,500 per year for agronomic practices or $20,000 per year for animal waste practices. There are many different types of cost share available. A detailed manual is available on the Division of Conservation’s website. If you see something that could help you implement Best Management Practices (BMP) into your farming operation call 502-499-1900 or email to set up an appointment.
Interested in how the Soil and Water Conservation District's came to be? Click the photo above to view a video from the Natural Resources Conservation Service about Hugh Hammond Bennett and the creation of soil conservation services in the U.S.

Creativity and Water Conservation

Art and Writing Contest for children from 1st - 12th grade
The Jefferson County Conservation District would like to invite you and your students to participate in the Annual Art and Writing Contest sponsored by Kentucky Farm Bureau and the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts!  

Jefferson County School Teachers: 
The topic for this year is “Water is Life”.  The contest is open to all schools in Jefferson County, this includes public, private and home schools. The art contest is for students in grades 1st-5th and the writing contest is for students in grades 6th -12th. Downloadable forms are available on our website along with more information about the contest. The deadline for entries is December 1st.

If you would like to receive a tabloid or learn more about the contest please contact the conservation district by phone (502) 499-1900 or email A monetary award will be given to the winner in each contest. We can't wait to see how your kids express their passion for water conservation!
Growing Food Crops Year-Round

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, through their EQIP Program, is taking applications for Seasonal High Tunnel Systems that allow for extending the growing season of vegetable gardening operations.  These plastic covered systems are efforts by USDA and the Jefferson County Soil & Water Conservation District to increase the seasonal production of locally grown fruits and vegetables. The Soil and Water Conservation District received a grant to help support the USDA effort by extending this opportunity to urban gardeners, non-profits and churches.  

For more information on the program and how to apply, contact Kurt Mason at (859) 490-0113 or
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