STATE COST SHARE PROGRAM APPLICATION PERIOD IS OPEN
The Rogers County Conservation District has opened its application period for the State Cost Share Program. The application period will be from May 9, 2020 through June 30, 2020. Oklahoma’s State-Funded Conservation Cost-Share Program provides financial assistance, through cost-share payments to landowners, to apply soil and water conservation practices. The purpose of the program is to help improve water quality and control soil erosion in the state. Local conservation districts select conservation practices that best meet local needs within the county. Districts also establish cost-share rates, signup periods, and application ranking procedures. They take applications and work with landowners to ensure they receive technical assistance, and help to complete necessary paper work for payment. Technical assistance for these practices is provided to landowners free of charge by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
After the signup period ends, each application is carefully reviewed to ensure eligibility. Applications are ranked according to a point system developed by the conservation district. The ranking system ensures fairness to landowners and ensures cost-share funds are used to meet conservation priorities. Landowners approved for the program are notified of the practice(s) approved and the amount of cost-share that will be provided. Landowners are also required to have or to request a conservation plan on the land where the practice will be applied. NRCS conservationists can assist with development of conservation plans. The application and the practice must be approved and a performance agreement must be signed by both the district and the applicant before any installation work begins in order to qualify for payment.
To receive an application, please call us at 918-341-4147 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Oklahoma Legislature established the Cost Share program in 1998 to assist land owners with conservation practices such as grass planting, nutrient management, ponds, freeze-proof tanks, fencing and grade stabilization structures. The conservation district board obtains input from citizens and other local agencies to determine which conservation practices will be included in the program and administers the funds each year.
This past year we administered program year 19 funds in which we received $32,507.21. From this amount we were able to fund 3 agreements for ponds and 10 agreements for herbaceous weed spraying. The local cooperators have received payment for program year 19 for the total of $23,534.60 (the remaining funds to roll into cost share year 20). The cooperators share was $43,096.43.
Since the inception of the program, contracts have been developed in Rogers County providing $223,718.42 with the landowners providing $306,358.81 for their share of the cost of the conservation practices that totaled $530,077.23.