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NEWS

The USDA Service Center is open to the public for walk-in visits between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM Monday through Friday with the exception of all federal holidays.  Conservation District office hours are 8:30AM – 4:30PM.

Conservation Cost-Share Program Signup

We are currently accepting applications for conservation cost-share projects.  

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 info@miamicountycd.com

Soil Sampling

The conservation district in cooperation with KSU Research & Extension with funding provided through the Non Point Source Pollution control program are again offering FREE SOIL TESTING. 

Beginning July 12, 2022 landowners may submit up to ten free tests on agricultural land and homeowners may submit up to four free tests on lawn and gardens. Soil samples should be taken to the Paola Extension office. 

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.

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. Contact us at (913) 294-3751 ext. 3 to let us help create a custom seed blend for your conservation needs today.

 Conservation District receives additional grant for urban ag work

 

The Miami County Conservation District has received an additional $50,000 grant through NACD and NRCS Urban Agriculture Conservation Grant Program. The funds from the grant will allow MCCD to fund an Urban Ag Specialist position to provide technical assistance to high-tunnel growers!
The Urban Ag Specialist will deliver technical support to a spectrum of high tunnel growers, from aspiring to experienced, small to medium-scale operations, in the diverse urban, suburban, and rural communities of our region.
The scope of our project includes the development of a high tunnel workshop series, technical publications, one-on-one consultations, and strategic planning designed to identify markets that will support a consistent, year-round supply of locally grown food with avenues for equitable distribution.
Sharon Autry, formerly the Office Assistant to MCCD and NRCS, will assume the role of Urban Ag Specialist and project coordinator.
Sharon has four years of specialty crop production experience, including growing in high tunnels. She is a 2019 Growing Growers KC farmers apprenticeship graduate. She earned a Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture from Johnson County Community College in 2020 and established her own small-scale, organic, specialty crop operation, Herdsman House Farm LLC, near Hillsdale Lake in Miami County. Sharon has served as Farm Director at KC Farm School, an urban training farm in Wyandotte County, and has served in leadership roles with KC Young Farmers Coalition. She has gained experience with local food distribution through her involvement with KC Food Hub, Rolling Prairie CSA, and Louisburg’s Nomad Market KC.
Sharon brings with her a valuable network of friends and partners built of the many relationships she has cultivated among producers, distributors, educators, markets, organizations, and agencies within the Kansas City area local food system.
Thank you NACD and NRCS, for supporting our effort to ramp up high tunnel production and move our region toward greater food security!