Click play below to listen to KMZU’s Ashley Johnson speak with Steven Hesner, State Water Quality Conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service:eof 2

 

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is making $2 million available to land owners interested in monitoring run-off for nutrients and sediment after voluntarily implementing conservation efforts aimed at reducing the likeliness of those issues.

During a recent conversation with KMZU, Water Quality Conservationist, Steven Hesner, said for landowners interested in this funding, the first step is to contact your local USDA office. Hesner said once you’re there, “Work with the local staff there, they can begin to provide the information for the land owner to make an informed decision about whether they want to participate in this opportunity.”

While qualifications are minimal, those interested in surveying their land will need to have a design ready before submitting their application. “That application will compete,” Hesner explained, “with thirteen other states for funds to install monitoring equipment.”

Edge-of-field monitoring has already been implemented in around a dozen farms in northern Missouri with many more considering the benefits. Of the many watersheds in Missouri, 99 of those are in the qualified area for this round of monies. You can find details regarding this funding and more information on all USDA and NRCS grants, loans, and more at nrcs.usda.gov