How Funding Available in Benton County is being invested into local farmland to improve soil health and reduce nitrate runoff.
With extensive studies underway in Benton & Warren County to measure the amount of nitrate & phosphorus runoff in our local ditches, streams & watersheds. Several area farmers and landowners in the Big Pine Watershed are voluntarily taking part in nitrate runoff practices intended to prevent future regulation & all the while boost the bottom line to their operation by way of soil health.
“My yields have improved and I have been able to reduce nutrient applications to my fields.” – Don Knochel, Benton County, Indiana
From increased yields & better soil health, to a reduction of input costs, local farmers and landowners are realizing benefits of participation in the Big Pine Watershed project.
1,584 Acres | Total acres that received cost share $$$ in Benton County in 2016
2,020 Acres | Total acres enrolled in FieldPrint Calculator
2,544 Tons | # of tons of phosphorus runoff prevented by cover crops in Benton County.
$1.36 Million | Approx. $$$ value of 2,544 tons of phosphorus per USDA Cost study.
For more information about conservation practices, cost-share funding available in Benton County, contact Leslie Fisher at the Benton County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) office at (765)-884-0660.
The Big Pine Watershed Project is currently a voluntary program that landowners & farmers can sign up for today. Depending on the location of your land, there are a variety of programs you may qualify for to get funding that will reduce nitrate runoff & improve the health of your #1 Asset – your land.