After retiring from the Air Force as a recruiter, Andy McCutcheon returned to his home county of Searcy to start farming.
Thanks to the Natural Resources Conservation Service staff at the Marshall Field Service Center and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) McCutcheon is restoring an 80-acre farm to run registered Limousin cattle.
His EQIP contract includes brush management, ponds and fencing.
“By controlling brush, dividing pastures and increasing water availability, McCutcheon will create more palatable conditions for livestock production,” said Brent Clark, Searcy County district conservationist. “The fencing will also reduce overgrazing.”
The 20-year veteran has already completed the brush management component of his EQIP contract.