July 26, 2017 News Release: Conservation introduces new cost program, Greene County Government, Pennsylvania

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Greene County Conservation District
22 West high Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Phone: 724-852-5278 • Fax: 724-852-5341 • www.co.greene.pa.us/gccd

News Release

County of Greene, Pennsylvania
Contact: JoAnne Marshall
Communications Director

Conservation introduces new cost share program
FOR RELEASE — July 26, 2016

WAYNESBURG, PA — The Greene County Conservation District Board of Directors are now accepting applications for a new program that they are directly funding. Greene County’s Reinvestment in Agriculture: Cost-share Enhancement (GRACE) Program is a conservation based program designed to enhance soil health within the agriculture community.

Active farmers, farmers that rent or new farmers with animals may apply for livestock conservation fencing, lime, water development projects and fertilizer. Applications must be submitted by August 31 to be considered for funding.

The GRACE program provides guidance to new and existing farmers through technical assistance and cost share to help promote soil and water conservation practices that will improve pastures and soil health that lead to better animal production. When practices are implemented correctly value and profit will be added to the land.

"It is the goal of the district to offer a program that is easy to navigate and has a quick turnaround," Lisa Snider, district manager said. "Yes, there are a few hoops to jump through, but those hoops are beneficial in the long run to the operator."

Requirements such as becoming a cooperator with the District; registering with Farm Service Agency and completing conservation plans and manure management plans after an application only lead to further funding and a sound farming blueprint. Applicants for lime or fertilizer projects will also need to obtain a soil test kit from Penn State Extension that the Conservation District staff will administer during a farm visit.

Funds for the program are a direct result of PA Act 13 that the district receives annually to foster conservation efforts within Greene County. Snider emphasized, "these funds are obtained through an 'impact' fee and the district believes that the money received should be used on the ground where the impacts were made."

Click HERE for program phamphlet. For more information or to apply, call the District at 724-852-5278, e-mail gccd, or visit during office hours at 22 West High Street, Waynesburg. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The District will also be at the Greene County Fair daily from 6 to 10 p.m. to accept applications.

For general information, please contact the Information Services
at 724-852-5399 / Toll Free: 1-888-852-5399
Greene County Office Building, 93 E. High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370

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