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From the Payne County Conservation District:

The Payne County Conservation District is pleased to announce funding for the Monarch Habitat
Initiative Cost Share Program.  Payne County received $26,670 dollars to help producers do conservation
practices out on their land.  We are taking applications until
November 8, 2017. The Program runs through December 31, 2018

Eligibility requirements:
Establish Records with FSA (Located in the same office, very easy to get done)
Sign a Cooperator Agreement with the District (Just a paper saying we will work with you)
Be an Ag Prouder engaged in an Ag practice (livestock, haying, cropping, bees, mushrooms,
gardening for sale of produce are just a few examples.)

Practices that can be implemented within the program:
Brush Management (cutting of cedar trees, spraying of blackberries, sumac, ect....)
Herbaceous Weed Control (Serecia, Musk Thistle ect...)
Conservation Cover (Establishing and maintaining permanent vegetative cover)
Prescribed Burn (controlled fire applied to a predetermined area)
Field Boarder ( A strip of permanent vegetation established at the edge or around the perimeter
of a field)
Riparian Herbaceous Cover (planting and maintaining of dominant vegetation in the transitional
zone between upland and aquatic habitats
Range Planting (Establishing of adapted perennial or self-sustaining vegetation such as grasses,
forbs, legumes, shrubs and trees

Application Process:
Come into Payne Co. Conservation Office and fill out application
A NRCS plan will be written on your land documenting the resource concerns and ways to treat
those concerns (this will include objectives that you want to achieve as well as those that we
may find during the planning process.)
When qualified applicants are approved for a contract you will come sign contract.
When practice has been completed it will be checked out, if approved it will be sent up for
payment.  Payments are based on a number of acres of the implanted practice as well as cost for
work to be completed

We are excited about having this opportunity to help the Ag producer of Payne Co. and ask that if you
are interested to please contact us or if you know someone who might be interested to contact us.
We look forward to a successful program!!!  If you don’t qualify for this particular program we have
several more that we might be able to help you get funded. Those are both Federal and State Programs
that included more practices like pond building, erosion control, prescribed grazing and many more.
 

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