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    Posted on Wednesday, June 24th, 2020  |  Posted in Latest News, Press Releases

    News Release: CWICNY Receives $50,000 to Retrofit No-till Corn Planters

    June 24, 2020 – Grand Isle, VT – The Lake Champlain Basin Program awarded $50,000 to the Champlain Watershed Improvement Coalition of New York (CWICNY) in May to help retrofit seven conventional corn planters for use as no-till corn planters. The project seeks to reduce erosion and phosphorus runoff from agricultural lands which drain to Lake Champlain, while improving farmers’ seeding results and crop yields.

    CWICNY works with farmers and other partners to implement watershed improvement projects within the New York portion of the Lake Champlain watershed. With representatives from five county Soil and Water Conservation Districts, five county Water Quality Coordinating Committees, and the Lake Champlain/Lake George Regional Planning Board, CWICNY works beyond political boundaries and incorporates public sector/private citizen partnerships to complete projects good for the watershed as a whole.

    “CWICNY’s hands-on approach with landowners furthers the Lake Champlain Basin Program goals to reduce phosphorus from entering Lake Champlain and Lake George,” said Myra Lawyer, the New York Lake Champlain Agronomist. “This grant will allow us to demonstrate the benefits of the technology in several communities, and more farms may be interested in converting to no-till equipment in the future.”

    Farmers often purchase new planters designed specifically for no-till agriculture in order to increase their crop yields. Many farms near Lake Champlain have conventional or older style conservation planters, but those planters can now be modified to operate as no-till equipment. This award will assist the farms with converting an existing planter into a no-till planter. Farms eligible for funding will receive guidance from a local equipment specialist with the planter retrofits.

    CWICNY is now accepting applications from eligible farms through August 31, 2020. Farmers interested in applying for funding assistance in retrofitting a conventional planter may call one of the five Soil and Water Conservation District’s within the New York portion of the Lake Champlain Basin for more information. Offices are closed at this time, but staff can be reached by phone, or use the links below for more contact information.

    Local SWCD office information:

    Clinton County SWCD 518-561-4616, ext 3  http://clintoncountyswcd.org/

    Essex County SWCD 518-962-8225, http://www.essexcountyswcd.org/

    Franklin County SWCD 518-651-2097, http://fcswcd.org/

    Warren County SWCD 518-623,3119, https://warrenswcd.org/

    Washington County SWCD 518-692-9940, ext 5.  https://washingtoncountyswcd.org/

    This project has been funded wholly, or in part, by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement (LC00A00394/LC00A00605) to NEIWPCC in partnership with the Lake Champlain Basin Program.

    For more information contact Myra Lawyer, the New York Lake Champlain Basin Program Agronomist at myra.lawyer@dec.ny.gov, or contact the Champlain Basin Program, 54 West Shore Road, Grand Isle,

     

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