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KY State Cost Share
The Kentucky State Cost-Share Program offers farmers an opportunity to address a variety of water quality problems associated with the farm’s agricultural uses.

This state funded program provides incentive funding ranging from 50 to 75 percent to eligible agricultural producers with no minimum acreage requirement.

There must be an agricultural water quality plan on file at the local Conservation District office and a farm and tract number listed with the Farm Service Agency to be eligible.

For additional information on the KY State Cost Share Program click on the link below.

http://www.conservation.ky.gov/programs/statecost/

Eligible Practices Include:

  • Vegetative Filter Strips
  • Sinkhole Protection
  • Heavy Use Area Protection
  • Rotational Grazing Systems
  • Forest Land Erosion Control Systems
  • Stream Crossings
  • Cropland Erosion Control Systems
  • Pasture and Hayland Erosion Control
  • Streambank Stabilization
  • Riparian Area Protection
  • Strip Intercropping Systems

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Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP)
EQIP provides farmers with an opportunity to address water quality problems on their farms through a cost-share incentive program for most animal related best management practices.

The farm must have a farm and tract number with the Farm Service Agency to be eligible. There is no acreage requirement for this program.

The applicant should have filed a Schedule F form on their recent taxes.The farm must have a minimum amount of livestock present. Cost-share rates range from 30 to 75 percent.

For additional information on the Environmental Quality Incentive Program click on the link below.

http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/eqip/

Eligible Practices Include:

  • Fencing
  • Waste Storage Facilities
  • Pipeline and Water Facilities
  • Pasture and Hayland Planting
  • Streambank Protection
  • Ponds (Very Limited)
  • Critical Area Treatment
  • Grassed Waterways
  • Diversion Channels
  • Stream Crossing
  • Grade Stabilization
  • High Tunnels

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Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP)
WHIP provides landusers, with ten or more acres, an opportunity to improve wildlife habitat by installing wildlife friendly best management practices on farms or tracts they control. The primary focus of the program in Kentucky is to restore and create early successional habitats.

The program allows for cost-share assistance, up to 75 percent, for eligible practices. The program is applicable to landowners who enroll four or more acres and have a farm and tract number on file with the Farm Service Agency.

For additional information on the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program click on the link below.

http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/whip/

Eligible Practices Include:

  • Native Grasses
  • Shrubs
  • Wildlife Friendly Introduced Grasses
  • Filter Strips
  • Forest Stand Improvement
  • Tree Planting
  • Riparian Buffers
  • Wildlife Water Holes
  • Fencing (to exclude livestock from streams and woods)

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Conservation Easement: A Land Preservation Tool
A conservation easement is a legal agreement between a landowner and a qualified conservation organization or government agency.

The agreement permanently limits a property�s use in order to protect its conservation values.

The land trust or government agency receiving the easement monitors the easement by inspecting the land on a regular basis (yearly) and talking with the landowner about future land usage that does not conflict with the easement.

The advantages of conservation easements are:

(1) They leave the property in the ownership of the landowner. The land can be sold, passed on to heirs or the landowner can continue to live on the property and operate it in accordance with the easement agreement.

(2) Conservation easements can significantly lower estate taxes. They can also provide the landowner with income tax and possibly property tax benefits.

(3) These easements are flexible and can be written to meet the landowner�s needs while protecting the property�s resources.

(4) Conservation Easements are permanent and remain in force even if the land changes hands. The key to a good easement agreement is based on the comfort level the donor (owner) has with the organization accepting the donation. The landowner is putting their trust in the organization that they are both willing and able to carry through with the commitment to monitor and make sure the owners (present and future) comply with the easement agreement.

(5) There is no acreage requirement on this program.

Visit the site below to learn more about conservation options for landowners or call Kurt Mason in our office at 502-222-5123.

Farmland Protection Program

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Agricultural Districts

Kentucky's General Assembly passed the Agricultural District Law in 1982.  The law permits a landowner or a group of landowners, owning at least 250 contiguous acres in active agricultural production, to petition their local conservation district to form an agricultural district.  Their local conservation district board of supervisors will review the petition, make recommendations, and forward the information to the Kentucky Soil and Water Conservation Commission for approval.

This program provides a means by which agricultural land may be protected and enhanced and to minimize the conversion of Kentucky's best agricultural land to non-farm use.

For additional information click on the link below.

Agricultural Districts

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