The Morgan Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) announces new funding available for the Spotted Knapweed Treatment for Ohio Producers (STOP) Project. Morgan SWCD and other partners received project funding through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).
RCPP is a Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) program that encourages partners to join efforts with producers to increase the restoration and sustainable use of soil, water, wildlife and related natural resources. Through the program, NRCS and its partners help producers install and maintain conservation activities in selected project areas.
The STOP project will focus on the treatment and control of spotted knapweed and other invasive species in four Appalachian counties in southeastern Ohio: Guernsey, Morgan, Muskingum and Noble. These counties have each experienced an exponential spread of the spotted knapweed in privately owned pastures and hay land in recent years.
To implement the STOP Project, NRCS will provide agricultural producers with financial assistance, and one-on-one technical help, to plan and implement improvements to their pastures and permanent hay land. NRCS calls these improvements “conservation practices”. Using these conservation practices will improve the producers’ grazing and hay land operations and lead to cleaner water, cleaner air, healthier soils, and better wildlife habitat.
Other local partners who will also be providing technical assistance for the STOP Project include the Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and Ohio State University Extension (OSUE) staff located in each of the four counties.
To participate in the STOP Project, applicants must be farm operators or farm landowners who are managing pasture or hay land in Guernsey, Morgan, Muskingum and/or Noble Counties. They must also meet other NRCS eligibility criteria. Applications for the STOP Project must be signed and submitted to NRCS by the October 19, 2018 deadline to be eligible.
The USDA Service Center for Guernsey and Noble, contact Jay McElroy at 740-432-5621 (Extn 3).