Food Security Project in Appalachia Gets Reinforcements from USDA’s StrikeForce Initiative
With the USDA StrikeForce Initiative and programs like EQIP, NRCS is partnering with Grow Appalachia to reach even more people in communities where persistent poverty keeps fresh food off the dinner table.
How One Eastern Kentucky Farmer is Making Seasonal High Tunnels Work for Her
When Beth and Doug Tillery married, purchased and moved to Doug’s Jackson County family dairy, tobacco and swine operation in 1978, it came as a bit of a shock when they received their first milk check and it wouldn’t even cover the cost of the feed bill. They realized early on if they were going to survive, something had to change.
June is a time when pollinator habitats are in full bloom. You can create a pollinator habitat as well using a variety of native plants to attract pollinators. See what other Kentucky landowners are doing to improve pollinator habitats, attract wildlife and improve the landscape of their farms.
Arbor Day Tree Planting Celebrates the Class of 2024
April 26, 2013
Arbor Day was celebrated in Mercer County with a tree planting by the Mercer County Senior High School FFA Members in honor of the first graders, the future class of 2024. The 3rd annual event was attended by over 220 first graders, teachers, principals, the Mercer County Conservation District, and many other distinguished guests.
Charlie Masters grew up on the farm he and his wife Rose Ann now own in Mays Lick, Kentucky. Farming was not familiar to Rose Ann though. She retired from teaching in Fleming County a few years ago and now finds herself running a successful breeding operation with 35 head of Charolais.
Pike Valley Farm Foods - Certified Organic Pasture Farming in Kentucky
January 25, 2013
The Pikes follow a management-intensive grazing system that breaks larger fields into smaller units called paddocks. Animals are moved frequently at high stocking rates to protect the soil and plants from the effects of overgrazing.
Retiree Improves and Diversifies Kentucky Farm for Future Generations
January 24, 2013
Larry Woods, Garrard County landowner, retires to the family farm to share his love for the land with his children and grandchildren. The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is helping Larry improve and diversify his operation for long term sustainability.
Jim and Joanne Corum, from Harlan County, have invested years of their time and effort to leave the land better than they found it. Now they are participants in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and taking steps to improve wildlife habitat and improve soil quality.
Conservation Minded Kentucky Farmer Makes Smart Improvements that will Save Money and Improve the Environment for Years to Come
October 12, 2012
Joe Kiser, Fayette County farmer, makes energy efficient improvements on his land with the technical assistance of NRCS. His improvements are saving him money and ensuring the long-term sustainability of his farm.
The New Old Fashion Way Detention Center Garden Teaches Inmates New Skills and Reduces Costs
June 1, 2012
Harlan County Jailer, Curt Stallard, knew there was potential for a garden on the Detention Center property so he started one over three years ago. Thanks to the technical assistance of NRCS, the garden is producing gallons of fresh produce that the inmates enjoy all year round.
Years ago, Alfred Couch purchased a small farm in Kentucky that was within commuting distance to his job in Indiana. However, the 20 acre cattle operation was in disrepair with grass that was only mowed once a year, an overgrown pond, and fencing that was down in many places. In addition, the soil was not productive and much of the land was too wet to maintain hay production.
Prescribed Grazing and Focus on Soil Health Improve Eastern Kentucky Farming Operation
The Bowling Family Farm in Clay County, Kentucky, is improving the quality of their livestock. Through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), the Bowlings installed fencing, watering systems, pasture and hay land plantings, and other practices that built the infrastructure to implement prescribed grazing.
Kentucky NRCS' First Environment Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Seasonal High Tunnel
The Bernard Family Farm in Russell County was the home to Kentucky NRCS' first Seasonal High Tunnel. The entire process is pictured in the full story. For more information on the EQIP Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative, contact your local NRCS Office.