Annual Land Judging Contest

Every year we host an annual Land Judging Contest. All FFA Chapters within the county are invited to attend. This year we had 5 chapters attend, a total of 22 participants and gave away $350 in prze money. The contest was hosted at D.C. Thornton’s farm in Rogersville. Each of the participants got to inspect open soil pits for quality and content. They also got to judge each site in regards to suitablity for various land uses including grazing, cropping, wilife habitat development and construction.


Board Meetings

Limestone County Conservtion District Board meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of each month at the District/NRCS office at 7:30 a.m. During busy planting and harvesting times meetings change to evenings, usually at 6:30 p.m. athe the NRCS/District office located at 1795 B Highway US 72 E. Athens, AL 35611.

NRCS Announces Drought Assistance Program

USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist for Alabama Ben Malone announced that the agency is providing funding to assist landowners impacted by last year’s extreme drought. Agricultural producers statewide suffered losses from months with low rainfall. Eligible landowners are encouraged to apply by July 28, 2017. Alabama landowners living in counties identified as high priority will be assigned the highest priority for financial assistance because they were impacted the most by the drought. Funding will be provided through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and will address fencing, water troughs, pasture, hay land re-establishment, wells, and prescribed grazing. In addition to others, these practices will not only help landowners recover losses from the drought, they will serve as a proactive step to help landowners in the event of future drought situations. Measures such as planting drought affected cool season grasses such as fescue and installing water tanks and fencing will make lands more sustainable. “Landowners across the state have weathered the drought for months and these funds will assist them in replenishing losses and doing what they can to help their grazing lands recover,” said State Conservationist Ben Malone. During the worst of the drought, USDA reported more than $30 million in disaster funds were distributed nationally for livestock feed programs and non-insured disaster support. In addition, because livestock…


Jackson County Conservation District Board Seeks To Fill Vacancy

Do you have a love for the land? Are you interested in influencing how conservation programs in Jackson County are utilized? If so Jackson County Conservation District wants you! Jackson County Conservation District is looking for people to serve on its Board of Supervisors who share a commitment to natural resource issues. Individuals serving on the board enjoy a unique volunteer experience and gain an opportunity to make a positive contribution to our community. To be eligible you must be a resident of Jackson County. An ideal candidate for the board would have good organizational skills, excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to be flexible. An excellent background would be a person from agriculture, business, education, journalism, grant writing, fundraising, natural resources, land use or any combination thereof. Duties and responsibilities include: Serve a three year term Attend and participate at board monthly meetings and functions Cooperate with fellow board members in establishing District policies Assist in fundraising Participate in developing annual and long range plans of work Serve as District spokesperson by representing the District at public functions and at functions related to natural resource conservation activities Persons interested in serving as a district supervisor may obtain and submit an application at the Jackson County Conservation District’s office located in the USDA Agriculture Service Center at 2345 South Broad…