A portion of the Parks, Soils and Water Sales Tax is used for Missouri landowners to install soil and water conservation practices through the state cost-share program. These practices conserve soil, which consequently improves water quality by reducing sedimentation in rivers and streams.
Cost-Share Funding - Landowners who completed cost-share soil and water conservation practices that were affected by the recent flooding and heavy rains are eligible for reconstruction and reseeding costs. A total of 48 counties were included in the disaster declaration, which are Barry, Barton, Bollinger, Butler, Camden, Carter, Cedar, Christian, Cole, Crawford, Dade, Dallas, Dent, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Iron, Jasper, Jefferson, Lawrence, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Miller, Morgan, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Perry, Phelps, Pike, Pulaski, Ralls, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, Texas, Washington, Wayne, Webster, and Wright.
Cost-share funding will be available to restore the practice to meet practice standards and specifications. Landowners who have a contract for a practice that is currently under construction and was damaged are eligible for additional cost-share assistance through their local county soil and water conservation district office. The local district board of supervisors has the authority to approve the contracts to repair the damaged practices. President Trump's federal declaration triggered action taken by the Soil and Water Districts Commission at its May 9 meeting. The commission approved a variance to its rules that allows for reconstruction and reseeding of storm-damaged soil and water conservation practices currently under a maintenance agreement. The variance will be available to landowners until Dec. 31, 2017.
How will these practices benefit you?
- Keep your valuable topsoil by reducing soil erosion
- Get the best use of your natural water resources and protect them from pollutants
- Develop the best nutrient and pest management plan for your needs with less runoff, therefore, protecting local streams
- Install a rotational grazing system that benefits your livestock, water resources, land and time
- Through irrigation, efficiently and uniformly apply water to control runoff and conserve water supplies and appropriately apply nutrients and chemicals.
- Recycle animal waste for use on agricultural land
- Protect your groundwater
Conservation practices can save you time and money and increase your farm’s production while protecting the overall natural environment of the state.