USDA announces Cattle Exclusion Pilot Project
by Elsie Hodnett
Feb 11, 2014 | 652 views |  0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service State conservationist Dr. William Puckett announced a Cattle Exclusion Pilot Project for portions of St. Clair and Randolph counties.

NRCS encourages landowners and operators to take voluntary actions to minimize potential air and water pollutants from storage facilities, confinement areas and land application areas. The pilot project provides financial incentives to help landowners exclude cattle from water bodies in impaired watersheds in the two targeted counties. Funds are limited and landowners are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible.

Typical practices include fencing to exclude animals from streams, creeks and rivers, rotational grazing, watering systems such as pipeline, wells and watering facilities, and stream bank and heavy use protection.

The targeted area for St. Clair County includes the west side of Pell City, Hazelwood Crossroads, parts of Mt. Moriah area, Wolf Creek Road north and south, Wolf Pin Ridge Road, Sweet Apple Road, Blue Cutt Road, Chula Vista area, Chula Vista Mountain Road, Mountain Top Loop Road and Mt. Olive Road.

“NRCS is helping protect water quality by targeting additional services to impaired watersheds in the state,” Puckett said. “Better water quality means protected sources of drinking water and a safe environment for families.”

The producers must verify they are in a designated watershed. Individuals are not eligible until they have completed the Farm Bill eligibility requirements. For more information or to apply, visit the USDA-NRCS Field Office in St. Clair County at 1815 Cogswell Avenue, Suite 108, Pell City or call 205-338-7215 or 205-424-9990 ext. 101.

Contact Elsie Hodnett at ehodentt@dailyhome.com.