The Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share Program along with the Environmental Stewardship Program are created to help agricultural operations protect the soil and water resources of Kentucky. These programs were established by the Kentucky General Assembly in the 1994 and 2000 and over the 16 years of these programs approximately $113.5 million has been approved to plan, design and install much needed best management practices on approximately 10, 500 farms to protect soil resources and water quality.
These annual cost share funds are administered by conservation districts with priority given to animal waste related problems and agricultural district participants where pollution problems have been identified. Initial funding for the program will be provided by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and now also utilizes the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement Funds.
These programs are administered at the state level by the Soil and Water Conservation Commission and the Kentucky Division of Conservation, located in Frankfort. Applications are ranked statewide and approved for funding based on available funds.
Practice Codes Practice Descriptions
KWP7 RIPARIAN AREA PROTECTION
KSL12 VEGETATIVE FILTER TRIPS
KSP53 INTEGRATED CROP MANAGEMENT
KSP55 PESTICIDE CONTAINMENT FACILITIES
KSW1 SINKHOLE PROTECTION
KSW10 CROPLAND EROSION CONTROL SYSTEMS
KSW2 HEAVY USE AREA PROTECTION
KSW3 ROTATIONAL GRAZING SYSTEM ESTABLISHMENT
KSW4 WATER WELL PROTECTION
KSW5 ANIMAL WASTE UTILIZATION
KSW6 FOREST LAND EROSION CONTROL SYSTEM
KSW8 STREAM CROSSING
KSW9 CONSERVATION DISTRICT ENVIRONMENTAL GRANT
KSW11 PASTURE & HAYLAND EROSION CONTROL
KSW12 STREAMBANK STABILIZATION
KWP4 AG. WASTE CONTROL FACILITIES
KWP5 CLOSURE OF AGRICULTURAL WASTE IMPOUNDMENT
KWP8 ON-FARM FALLEN ANIMAL COMPOSTING
For more information stop by the conservation district office located at 253 C Hopkinsville Road, Russellville, KY. Monday through Friday from 7:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone: 270-726-1371.