The supervisor board for the Muskingum Soil and Water Conservation District presented their budget to the Muskingum County Commissioners on Thursday and discussed everything from salaries to travel and how it compares to last year. One of the biggest changes in the budget is travel. With the rise in gas prices, they needed to adjust that number.
"We usually meet with them twice a year. In May, we present our preliminary budget. We get a state match on these local dollars. So we know more when November comes around and we re-present our budget in November with firmer numbers," said Lisa Crock, Administrator at MSWCD.
Grant funding was also discussed, including a grant for cover crops.
"The cover crops, we have the potential of flying them over with an airplane once the crops are off this fall or they can be drilled in and farmers will receive some cost share to accomplish this.What that does, it will hold their soil in place so it’s not draining from their farms and it keeps the nutrients in place in their soils versus draining into the water."
Crock says they will be having a meeting for interested farmers on May 30 from 6-8 p.m. at the Guernsey-Muskingum Electric Co-Op in New Concord. You can call the Muskingum Soil and Water Conservation office for more information.