The Benton County Soil Conservation District (SCD) has been approved for a grant from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. The district is receiving $37,600 to be used in the Birdsong Creek, Dry Creek, Ramble Creek, and Rushings Creek watersheds to help control erosion and improve water quality.
The state has a strict set of guidelines on how this money can be used. Best management practices such as grade control structures, exclusion fencing to keep livestock out of streams, alternative watering facilities for livestock, cropland conversion to grass, and planting cover crops are some of the acceptable uses for these funds.
Benton County landowners within the approved watersheds are eligible to apply for assistance up to a 75 percent cost-share. Applications can be completed at the SCD office through Friday, Aug. 9.
Shortly after the sign-up period ends, the SCD will draw names randomly to see who will be assisted first. Those who have not received assistance in the last two years will be given first priority. Applications will be considered until all funds are used.
Please contact the SCD at the USDA Service Office, located at 205 Hwy. 641 North in Camden. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender. For more information, call James Woodall at 731-584-8125, ext. 3.