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CONSERVATION FIELD DAY at OAK BANK FARM
The District hosted a Conservation Field Day at Oak Bank Farm in Natural Bridge, VA on May 11, 2023.
The Field Day had a successful turnout and highlighted the Best Management Practices implemented on the farm, information on NRCS, SWCD, CBF and FSA program options, VSU's Small Farm Outreach Program, current recommendations for preventing and treating pink eye in cattle, upcoming changes in access to antibiotics for livestock, and new rules for Farm Use Vehicle tagging.
Roger Funkhouser and family of Oak Bank Farm were recognized for their outstanding conservation efforts and received the 2022 Clean Water Farm Award.
The 45th annual Youth Conservation Camp (YCC) at Virginia Tech is back this year. Camp will be held in-person Sunday, July 9 through Saturday, July 15, 2023.
Natural Bridge Soil & Water Conservation District will sponsor two campers to attend this year's Youth Conservation Camp. Please contact Jennifer Huffman for information about applications and deadlines. Jennifer must receive applications by April 7, 2023 for sponsorship.
Applicants must be in grades 9-12 during the 2022-2023 academic year. Students must live or attend school in Rockbridge County, City of Lexington or City of Buena Vista to be sponsored by Natural Bridge Soil & Water Conservation District.
Please visit the following website for more information.
SPARRING CANDY DARTERS
Congratulations to Loughran McCabe, Virginia SWCD 2022 photo contest honorable mentions winner!
Agricultural BMP Cost-Share Program News
During program year 2022, the Natural Bridge SWCD completed 40 Best Management Practices. A total of $674,405.58 was paid to producers for these BMPs and $10,379 was issued in Tax Credits. Within these totals:
7 Stream Bank Exclusion projects protected 3.4 miles of stream bank and were paid $450,128.
2 Continuing Conservation Initiative (CCI) sign-ups ensured continued protection of an additional 1,823' of stream bank.
29 Cover Crop BMPs involving 1,799 acres were completed and paid $66,757.
In addition, $988,956.64 has been obligated to approved practices and will be carried over into cost-share program year 2023.
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