Application deadline for agricultural cost-share funds is next month

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your comment! From the St. John’s River Water Management DistrictThe St. Johns River Water Management District is currently accepting applications through Feb. 16, 2018, from farmers and ranchers interested in participating in the districtwide Agricultural Cost-share Program funding for agricultural projects that promote water conservation and reduction of nutrient runoff.“Our goal is to engage the agricultural community by encouraging more efficient water use and reducing excess nutrients entering natural waterways,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “Implementing agricultural best management practices can provide long-lasting benefits to growers and ranchers.”The program provides up to 75 percent of cooperative funding, not to exceed $250,000 per applicant annually, toward the design, construction, and implementation of technologies and strategies to improve water efficiencies and protect natural systems. In total, up to $1.5 million is available to support this round of cost-share funding.Eligible projects include irrigation system retrofits, soil moisture and climate sensor technology, rainwater recovery, sub-irrigation drain tile, tailwater recovery and reuse, expanded waste storage, and soil mapping with variable rate fertilizer application.To ensure a return on investment in the form of an actual reduction in water use, one requirement of the cost-share agreement is that the recipient is willing to memorialize the savings produced by district funds through a modification in terms of a decrease in their consumptive use permit.A list of eligible projects and equipment can be found online at www.sjrwmd.com/localgovernments/funding/#agriculture-2018, along with details about the application, review and selection process.District staff will evaluate each project based on the evaluation criteria approved by the district’s Governing Board and prepare a recommended list for board approval tentatively scheduled for April 2018.For more information, visit the district’s website or contact technical program manager Suzanne Archer at [email protected] with the SJRWMD on Twitter at @SJRWMD, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. For more information about the district, please visit www.sjrwmd.com. TAGSSt. Johns River Water Management District Previous articleWiggins wins Apopka Police Department’s Officer of the Year awardNext articleUCF students experience service immersion over MLK weekend Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img

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