More than 800 conservation district supervisors from across the Commonwealth are meeting in Lexington. The program, established well over a half-century ago, focuses on soil and water conservation efforts in agriculture.
Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts President Shane Wells said the approach today goes beyond the standard of “no-till” farming. “A lot of this change in the last few years is the advancement in technology, especially on the row crop side, that allow us to variable rate fertilizers and seeds. We can grow more with less. That’s help with water quality and conservation,” said Wells.
Wells says it’s meant a higher yield for crops with fewer fertilizers and pesticides. Wells says state dollars for conservation district offices have diminished over time. He does say one million dollars in state funding went to help with staffing statewide.
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