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Cattle Exclusion Pilot Project Announced by NRCS

AUBURN, Ala., February 6, 2014

USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Dr. William Puckett announced a Cattle Exclusion Pilot Project for portions of Randolph and St. Clair 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. This 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 Randolph County is in the northwest quarter which includes the cities and communities of Woodland, Newell, Graham, Wedowee, Omaha, Morrison Cross Roads, Micaville, Pine Hill, Folsom, West of Foster Cross Roads, Hawk, New Hope, Napoleon, Potash, and Big Springs, Heflin addressees in NW Randolph County, and some Roanoke addresses just south of Wedowee.

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,” said Dr. William Puckett, NRCS State Conservationist of Alabama. “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 Offices in Randolph County at 20 W. Broad Street, Suite B, in Wedowee, AL (256-357-4561) or in St. Clair County at 1815 Cogswell Avenue, Suite 108, Pell City, AL (205-338-7215) or (205-424-9990, ext 101).