Spring Pasture Seeding Funding Available for Pasture Improvements
It’s time to prepare for spring pasture seeding. Following two years of summer droughts, rejuvenating drought stricken pastures is critical. Pasture reseeding and renovation will promote good soil health by lessening nutrient and sediment runoff and promote water quality. Without this stabilization, increased nutrient and sediment runoff will occur. In addition to improving soil and water quality, reseeding marginal pastures or adding legumes to existing grass pastures will increase pasture or hay production. This pasture production will in turn increase pasture gains by cattle or tons of hay produced each year.
Due to 2012’s exceptional drought, many acres of pasture in Washington County are in need of renovation or reseeding. Through a state funded Clean Water Indiana Grant, the Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District is administering a cost share program to aid landowners in their efforts to reseed or interseed pastures. The cost share rate will be $50 per acre for a minimum of 5 acres and a maximum of 10 acres per landowner and will follow NRCS specifications for Forage and Biomass Planting. To qualify for reimbursement, seeding must be completed between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014. Applications are now being accepted for both spring and fall seeding. The program will require a conservation plan be developed to qualify for cost share.
Contact the Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District at 812-883-3006 extension 3 for more information or visit the USDA Service Center at 801 Anson St. in Salem for an application.
Washington County Food Bank Donations
Are you looking for a way to maximize your donation to The Washington County Food Bank?
First Harrison Bank is accepting donations for the Food Bank. First Harrison will match your donation with a $1 per pound of food donated up to $500.00. The Food will then be taken to the Food Bank. Your donations will be a part of The Feinstein Challenge, which will match your donations at a $1 per item donated. First Harrison Bank is accepting donations thru April 30th.
What a great way to get the most out of your donation!
For example: donate a pound of food to First Harrison Bank; the bank will match that donation at $1 and the Feinstein Challenge will provide a $1 for every item that is donated. WOW!
Cash donations are also being accepted and are counted toward the Feinstein Challenge.
This is a great way to help the Washington County Community! You can extend your support by purchasing items for donation from Chamber of Commerce Members such as Jay C Store and Sav-A-Lot.
Note: First Harrison Bank is a member of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, and sponsors the membership for the Washington County Food Bank.
Washington County on WDRB News
Earlier in the week, the Washington County Chamber Office was contacted by WDRB-TV and asked to bring together people regarding the new Hotel and to provide information regarding our community. The Chamber was also asked why the hotel project is important. The Chamber provided information regarding our tourism sites, Bed and Breakfast establishments and motel. The Chamber also provided information about how our industries and businesses will benefit from the hotel.
Bill Frances of WDRB-TV, came to Salem and interviewed David Bower and Ron Haendiges. Both provided positive information about our community, and the local investments made by the community. This segment can be seen below.
Hometown Competitiveness Team Website
The Hometown Competitiveness Team has created a website that highlights many aspects of living in Washington County.
The website includes an interactive Hot Spots Map and videos that highlight our community assets:
- Cost of Living
- videos that highlight different aspects of our community that would be of interest to businesses
- videos highlighting local businesses/attractions
Please feel free to link this page to your website. The Washington County HTC logo is provided above if you would like to use that as a button for the link. The webpage can be found at : http://www.wccf.biz/WCHTC/
This website will have a multitude of uses as it is of interest to current residents and businesses and can be used when conversing with prospective residents, employees and businesses.
If you have any questions, please contact Judy Johnson at 883-7334.