Grant County Conservation District
486 Helton Street – Williamstown, Ky. 41097 – Phone (859) 823-2291
The Grant County Conservation District is a part of the Kentucky Division of Conservation, which is in the Kentucky Department for Natural Resources, which is in the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. It is a local unit of government formed in June 1941; the sixth district in the state of Kentucky.
The Grant County Conservation District provides education and leadership in matters of soil and natural resources. The wise use of conservation planning and management of resources is encouraged on lands used for agricultural production, forestry, and wildlife management as well as protection of soil and water resources on non-agricultural lands, both public and private.
An elected Board of seven Supervisors administers the Grant County Conservation District programs. The current Board of Supervisors consists of Timothy T. Epperson as Chairman, Billy E. Courts as Vice-Chairman, Jerry L. Martin as Secretary/Treasurer, Ronald D. Gabbert, Edna M. Cummins, James F. Morris, Jr. and James Travis Woodyard.
Kim Barton, Area Field Representative, provides administrative assistance from the Kentucky Division of Conservation. Rebecca Peddicord, the District’s Administrative Secretary administers the organization and implementation of the District’s business and programs.
Through a partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, technical assistance (conservation planning, rotational grazing systems, wildlife habitat improvement, forestry practices, animal waste control, nutrient management, storm water runoff, drainage, erosion, sediment control, and other conservation needs) is provided to Grant County producers. For information on Federal Programs such as EQIP – Environmental Quality Incentives Program, please contact Ian Young, Supervisory District Conservationist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) at 859-234-2646 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Grant County Conservation District is now accepting 2022 State Cost Share applications. The Kentucky State Cost Share Program provides financial assistance to agricultural producers to install agricultural best management practices. These practices include heavy use area(s), fence, pipeline and tank, tree and shrub establishment, and other related practices. Practices can be adopted on both conventional and organic productions.
State Cost Share offers 75% reimbursement of installation costs for eligible practices, up to $20,000 annually. This is a competitive application process for the dispersal of cost share funds statewide. The last day the Grant County Conservation District can enter applications completed with technical information provided by NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service) into the online system is by close of business on November 15th 2021. Producers must have an up to date Agricultural Water Quality Plan. Plans need to be updated as of December 2020. Conservation districts can work with producers to complete their Agricultural Water Quality Plans. Please visit the Kentucky Division of Conservation’s website at https://eec.ky.gov/Natural-Resources/Conservation/ for more information. Please contact Rebecca Peddicord (Grant County Conservation District) at 859-823-2291 or email@example.com for more information.
Both Federal and State Programs provide financial and technical assistance focusing on implementing best management practices in Agriculture and Silviculture production.
Each fall the Grant County Conservation District sponsors a local cost share program for Grant County producers to help with the cost of sowing wheat, rye or other cover crop seed. The Grant County Conservation District Local Cost Share pays 60% of the total cost of the cover crop seed that was used, up to a maximum of $300.00 per Farm Service Number.
The Grant County Conservation District also promotes conservation by providing the following three equipment rentals: farmers and landowners on a minimal fee-per-acre basis rent a no-till seeder ($8.00 an acre or $40.00 whichever is greater.) The seeder is leased through Crittenden Farm Lawn and Garden. A lime spreader aids local producers in amending steep hillsides that commercial spreaders cannot reach. The lime spreader is leased through the Grant County Conservation District office; a daily fee of $30.00 is charged for use. A Blue Ribbon plastic mulch layer was purchased for use in county gardens to lay plastic on the ground and secure it with soil. Using a mulch layer cuts out weeds, helps prevent erosion and retains moisture. The mulch layer is leased through Board Supervisor, Ronnie Gabbert for a daily fee of $40.00. Renters of the mulch layer must provide their own materials such as plastic and drip tape.
The Grant County Conservation District has created a Dead Animal Removal Program for Grant County landowners/farmers that contact a licensed hauler within 24 hours after the death of livestock to schedule a pickup. Animals that are eligible for the program are cows, goats, hogs, horses, and sheep. The landowners/farmers will be required to pay the total cost of the hauler’s bill and bring their paid receipts to the District Office at 486 Helton Street, Williamstown, Ky. 41097 for 100% reimbursement. The program will continue until funds are exhausted. For dead animal pickup and instructions for removal, please contact either Conboy Enterprises, LLC at 859-221-6998 or Shipley & Sons Farms at 513-309-6658. This program is made possible through a grant from the Kentucky Division of Conservation State Cost Share Environmental Program and a budgeted item of the Grant County Conservation District. For questions concerning the program, please contact the Grant County Conservation District at 859-823-2291. All programs and services are offered on a non-discriminatory basis.
The Grant County Conservation District offers the following annual educational opportunities:
- Field Trip Transportation Funding
- Outdoor Classroom Grants
- Jim Claypool Art & Conservation Writing Contest 100% classroom/school participation funding
- Jim Claypool Art & Conservation Writing Contest Banquet Awards
- Arbor Day Tree deliveries to Grant County’s five elementary schools
- Soil Stewardship Week materials distributed to the Public and school libraries in Grant County
- Two College Scholarships for High School Graduates
- Two Vocational Scholarships for students pursuing careers in Vocational Education
- Project Graduation supported at two local high schools
- Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts’ Auxiliary Scholarship Fund donation
- Northern Kentucky University Grant County Foundation for Higher Education funding
- NKU Grant County Center Non-Traditional Scholarships
- North Central 4-H Camp Grant
- Camp Robert Webb funding