Marion Soil and Water Conservation District (MSWCD) is sponsoring the Farms of Environmental Distinction Program to farm owners of Marion County. The purpose of the Farms of Environmental Distinction Program will be to educate Marion County farm owners of the importance of Best Management Practices (BMPs) and providing recognition to farms who have implemented BMPs resulting in a decrease or elimination of negative impacts to the environment. The program is a coalition of agencies, organizations and individuals interested in protecting the environment through education. The program has no regulatory authority and its only interest is to help farm owners improve their management practices.
Farms who are actively participating in practices such as covering manure piles, locating manure piles away from surface water and wells, composting, rotating pastures, installing fencing to keep horses out of streams and wetlands, and utilizing proper soil management and conservative fertilization may be eligible for the award. By participating in this program we will provide you with the information needed to meet the guidelines of any currently proposed BMP regulations.
Marion Soil and Water Conservation Districts through USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is now accepting applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and their other incentives programs. These cost-share programs, funded by the new Farm Bill, offer funding to implement many of the practices mentioned above.
For additional information on any of the programs mentioned please contact Marion Soil and Water Conservation District at 352-622-3971, option 3.