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NEWS

We Are Hiring!

We are accepting applications for an Urban Conservationist, to serve urbanizing areas in Miami and Johnson Counties. Submit resume by Sept. 11! See full job description/ announcement HERE.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Our office is currently closed to walk-ins. Call us at 913-294-3751 Ext. 3 to schedule an appointment or make other arrangements for signing contracts, etc.

 

Conservation Cost-Share Program Signup

We accept applications for conservation cost-share programs during the months of May and June. If approved, up to 70% of project cost may be covered.

Contact us about your project ideas. High priority practices include, but are not limited to: 

  • Brush management on productive pastureland
  • Grazing management systems to promote water quality (water tanks, cross-fencing)
  • Soil health improvement – cover crops and no-till
  • Establishing permanent vegetation on degraded cropland
  • Erosion and sediment control on cropland (ie. terraces and waterways)

Applicants may submit applications in person at our office or online at mi.co.conservation@gmail.com. 

 

Soil Sampling

The K-State Soil Testing lab is still open and functioning!

If you want to submit your soil samples for testing, the Paola Extension office has the necessary paperwork and will send them in for you. There is a drop off box inside the front double doors to the left.

Watch the Soil Sampling Demonstration by Katelyn Barthol from the Marais des Cygnes District, K-State Research and Extension Office, 

Pond Algae Testing

Water is an essential nutrient for our animals and should be considered as a source of toxins like nitrates, sulfates, heavy metals, lead, and blue green algae. Correct water sampling will aid in your investigation of potential problems. The K-State Veterinary Diagnostic Lab provides testing of pond/tank/stream water. 

 

Watch a short video about Correct Water Sampling, by the K-State Veterinary Dignositc Lab, with information on how to submit samples for testing. 

2020 Conservation Theme

The National Association of Conservation District’s (NACD) Stewardship Theme this year is “Where would we BEE without Pollinators?”, which seeks to raise awareness and interest among K-12 students (and their parents) regarding the important of pollinators to humans and other life.

Teachers and parents interested in accessing online resources can check out www.nacdnet.org. Teachers interested in participating in poster/limerick/speech contests should contact us. State and National winners receive awards and scholarships.

Seed Sales

The District is eager to help create custom blended seed mixes, including cover crop mixes, pollinator mixes, honey bee mixes, and other specialty blends to assist with erosion control, pasture/hayland enhancement, and wildlife habitat needs.

Sales typically run from December 1st through May 15th. Contact us at (913) 294-3751 ext. 3 to schedule an appointment, or stop by the office.