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New program offered for Scott County farmers

Staff Report • Jun 21, 2019 at 6:30 PM

GATE CITY – A new program is on the way for Scott County farmers.

The Scott County Soil & Water Conservation District is accepting applications from producers in Scott County who would like to better their farm and their state.

This year, the district is offering to pay 100% on a water system on Scott County farms, at a cost of up to $100,000 if the producer qualifies.

A water system will provide alternative water sources to livestock, while keeping stream banks protected and the stream clean. It will also provide interior fence for rotational grazing purposes, which will improve and protect vegetative cover to reduce runoff of sediment and nutrients from overgrazing pastureland.

An agriculture well, pipeline, watering troughs, interior fence and stream crossings are all included in the water system.

For more information, contact Matt Wood or Grady Peters at the Scott County Soil & Water Conservation District at (276) 885-3118.

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