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Money available for grazing systems on Pa. farms

April 25, 2006|by BOB KESSLER / Penn State Extension agent

Cost share assistance may be available for Franklin County farmers interested in implementing planned rotational grazing systems.

Through this program, Best Management Practices (BMPs) for implementation of rotational grazing will be cost shared a maximum of 60 percent. The landowner must provide a 40 percent match to any funds received. The match may be in-kind labor, additional fence, water system, and/or (BMPs) that benefit the grazing system. Funding for the cost share assistance is limited.

The system must have a rotation system of paddocks created by the fencing to qualify for the program. The paddocks can include areas the farm operator already has in a grazing system.

A grazing plan including the number of animals, acres needed, size and number of paddocks, amount of fence (permanent and temporary) and number of days planned on each paddock must be developed and approved.

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The BMPs must be constructed by June 30, 2008, and must be maintained for 10 years. Exterior fence may be cost shared at the maximum rate of 60 percent but not to exceed $1.85 per foot. The installation of the BMPs must meet Natural Resource Conservation Service specifications.

To participate, farmers must complete a one-page application available at the Extension office (717-263-9226) by June 30. For more info on the program, contact Scott Metzger, Chesapeake Bay technician, at the Franklin County Conservation District, 100 Sunset Blvd. West, Chambersburg, or by phone at 717-264-8074, ext. 113, or by e-mail at baytech97@innernet.net

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