Big Pine Watershed, Voluntary Prevention of Farm Regulation
Soil, Nutrients & How Funding Available in Benton & Warren County are improving the bottom line for area farmers & landowners.
The Trend to Prevent Ag Farm Regulation in the Big Pine Watershed.
Year after year, regulation is a topic that makes the headlines. No matter what side of the fence you sit on, the Corn belt states of Indiana, Illinois & Iowa play a key role in the future of agriculture regulation.
Extensive studies are underway here in Benton & Warren County to measure the amount of nitrate runoff in our local ditches, streams & watersheds. Several area farmers and landowners in the Big Pine Watershed are voluntarily taking part in nitrate runoff practices intended to prevent future regulation & all the while boost the bottom line to their operation by way of soil health.
Growing interest from local & absentee landowners to improve soil health in conjunction with keeping nutrients on the farm is increasing annually.
“Cover crops are the way to protect our ground for future generations.” – Steve Wallpe, Benton County, Indiana farmer
From increased yields & better soil health, to a reduction of input costs, there are many economic benefits to participating in the Big Pine Watershed project.
Several programs & funding are available for:
- Cover crops
- Nutrient Managment
- No-till & Strip Till
- Bio reactors
- Two Stage ditches
- and more
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
Find out how local farmers & landowners are already receiving funding to reduce nitrate runoff & learn how many dollars you can get by contacting Leslie Fisher at the Benton County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) office at (765)-884-0660.
The Big Pine Watershed Project is currently a voluntary program that landowners & farmers can sign up for today. Depending on the location of your land, there are a variety of programs you may qualify for to get funding that will reduce nitrate runoff & improve the health of your #1 Asset – your land.