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NICK ROY: Ag water quality plans

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The Agriculture Water Quality Act was passed by the Kentucky Legislature in 1994. It states that landowners with 10 or more acres in agricultural production must develop a water quality plan. If you farm 10 or more acres or plan to harvest trees on 10 or more acres in Kentucky, then you are required by state law to implement an agriculture water quality plan.

This plan documents the best management practices you’re using to protect water resources. These best management practices could include planned grazing systems for livestock, filter or buffer strips around crop fields, animal waste storage structures and nutrient management plans. It should also include plans to limit livestock access to streams. In addition, the document should include information about proper handling of herbicides and pesticides and proper maintenance of septic systems.

A Kentucky Agriculture Water Quality Plan (AWQP) is a prerequisite for CAIP and many USDA programs. Plans are best if completed online.  While a paper based version is available, some programs may require an online submission.  Instructions for completing the AWQP plan online may be found here.

Cattlemen’s Summer Meeting

The Adair County Cattlemen’s Association will hold its next meeting on Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. at the Adair County Cooperative Extension Service. All cattle owners (members and non-members) are highly encouraged to attend. 

2022 has thrown a lot of obstacles in the way of cattle producers including high fuel, fertilizer and feed costs. Couple those challenges with drought conditions this summer and the result is a challenging winter awaiting cattle producers.

Guest speakers including UK Ag Economist Dr. Kenny Burdine and UK Beef Specialist Dr. Jeff Lehmkuhler will be on hand discussing market outlooks, budgeting for winter feeding, and strategies to winter cattle and forage considerations. A complimentary meal will be provided.

Cattle producers wishing to attend should RSVP by calling the County Extension Office at 270-384-2317.

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This post is brought to you as part of our Adair Drug Tuesday.

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