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FY18 First AgEP Sign Up Period - 5/10/17
posted by: Verna Floyd

Fiscal Year 18 AgEP sign ups for the Southern CD will be held July 5, 2017 thru July 14, 2017 at the Southern CD office, 463 Ragland Road, Beckley, WV.  Office hours: Monday - Friday  8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Cost share practices offered for the first sign up period for FY18 are:

Agricultural lime

Pasture Division Fence

Exclusion Fence

Water System

Pond Cleanout


Current soil test are required to apply for lime - please bring your soil test report with you at the time of sign up.


Call the SCD office at 253-0261 if you have questions on the sign up period or programs.   Thank you.

Farm Field Day - 4/19/17
posted by: Verna Floyd

The Southern CD will be hosting a Farm Field Day on John Farrell's farm in Summers County on June 16, 2017  - directions are attached.


The field day will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.    Lots of local vendors and agencies will be on hand to discuss farming and agriculture programs.




Carl Mullins - 3/29/17
posted by: Verna Floyd

It is with much sadness the Southern CD says goodbye to their good friend Carl Mullins. Carl passed away on March, 26, 2017 at the VA Medical Center in Beckley.   Carl served as an SCD supervisor for 16 years.  Carl was very active and always willing to help with any conservation program or activity.

Funeral services for Carl Mullins will be held at the Crossview Church at 1139 Panther Ridge Road, Grundy, VA, Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.

See Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home site for more details or to leave a message for the family.   

Ag Day - 3/1/17
posted by: Verna Floyd

The Southern Conservation District prepared a display for Ag Day highlighting SCD programs and the AgEP cost share program.   Becky Floyd, WVCA District Manager and supervisors Dvon Duncan and Ray Lafferty attended the Ag Day breakfast and worked at the display.  The SCD provided box lunches to their legislators.

AgEP cost share approvals 2 16 17 - 2/24/17
posted by: Verna Floyd

See attachment for AgEP cost share approvals made by the SCD board at their Feb. 16, 2017 meeting. 

Randall Patton - 2/6/17
posted by: Verna Floyd

The Southern Conservation District welcomes Randall Patton of Roderfield, WV to the SCD board. Randall will serve as one of the two McDowell County Supervisors. 

State Women in Ag Conference - 11/7/16
posted by: Verna Floyd

See attached picture                       Southern Conservation District supervisor Dvon Duncan participates in the WVU Women in Ag State Conference held at Glade Springs Resort November 4-5, 2016.




American Chestnuts - 11/7/16
posted by: Verna Floyd

See attached picture            Dvon Duncan, SCD Supervisor, accepts the FIRST TWO American Chestnut seedlings for the Southern Conservation District American Chestnut Restoration Project.


AgEP second round sign ups - 11/1/16
posted by: Verna Floyd

The second round of FY17 AgEP sign-ups in the Southern CD will begin at 8:00 a.m. on  Monday, January 9, 2017 and will end on Friday,  January 20, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.


* Please note: the SCD office will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2017 due the Martin Luther King Holiday.


 Cost Share Practices for second sign up period are:

Nutrient Managment (Fertilize)

Frost Seeding

Invasive species

For more information contact Marty Walker, WVCA Conservation Specialist located at the SCD office in Beckley   304-253-0261

EWP- AgEP Cost Share 2016 - 8/31/16
posted by: Verna Floyd

Farmers who lost property during June’s severe flooding may be eligible for assistance under an emergency cost-share program provided by the West Virginia Conservation Agency. The WVCA and the state’s 14 conservation districts provide regular assistance to agricultural cooperators – farmers who agree to implement conservation best management practices on their land – under the Agricultural Enhancement Program (AgEP). Last year for example, nearly 100,000 feet of exclusion fence was erected on farmland throughout the state to reduce stream bank erosion and protect water resources from agricultural pollution. The flooding, which killed 23 people, and destroyed or damaged more than 3,000 homes, also caused widespread damage to agricultural lands. The Capitol, Elk, Greenbrier Valley and Southern conservation districts will now offer assistance to cooperators who lost certain property in the flooding. All four conservation districts will help farmers replace damaged or lost exclusion fence. In addition, the Capitol Conservation District, which offers an urban agriculture program, will help cooperators replace tumbler compost bins, straw mulch, raised beds, rain barrels and soil. To be eligible, a farmer must either be a cooperator or agree to become one. The approval process is similar to the regular AgEP program, although the ranking criteria will differ slightly. Site visits and documentation by WVCA staff are required and a formal application must be submitted. To learn more, contact your local conservation district office. A directory is available at www.wvca.us/map.cfm or by calling 304-957-1409.


Southern CD EWP-AgEP Sign up Period is September 6 to September 23         Office hours are Monday-Friday   8:00 AM to 4:00 PM    For Fayette and Summers County

For more specific information contact Marty Walker-Owen at the SCD office   304-253-0261

SCD Supervisor of the Year 2016 - 8/22/16
posted by: Verna Floyd

Congratulations to Dvon Duncan - Wyoming County Supervisor              The Southern CD selected Dvon Duncan as the 2016 SCD Supervisor of the Year and as the SCD nominee for the 2016 Carroll Greene Award.  


FY17 Approved AgEP Applications - 8/17/16
posted by: Verna Floyd

Attached is the complete list of FY17 approved AgEP applications.     This action was taken at the August 11, 2016 SCD board meeting.


flood recovery work - 7/7/16
posted by: Verna Floyd

Southern CD crew assist with WVDOH with flood recovery efforts in White Sulphur Springs


SCD Officiers/Directors 2016-2017 - 6/15/16
posted by: Verna Floyd

The Southern Conservation District, at the June 9, 2016 board meeting selected the following officers and directors to serve for FY17

Virgel Caldwell             Chairman

Curtis Murphy               Vice Chairman  (Curtis was appointed to fill this position in April 2017)   

Dvon Duncan               Secretary

Oscar Vecellio              Treasurer

Dvon Duncan and Ray Lafferty    Directors to the WVACD 

SCD Plan of Work - 5/16/16
posted by: Verna Floyd

The Southern CD Plan of Work for 2016-2017 is attached. 


AgEP Sign-up period for July 2016 - 5/2/16
posted by: Verna Floyd

We are very excited to announce the next AgEP sign up period for the Southern CD.   The sign up period will run from July 5, 2016 through July 15, 2016.  You MUST have your soil test report with you at the time of sign up if you are interested in the cost share programs which require a soil test report - for more information on the program please contact Marty Walker-Owen at the Southern CD office at 253-0261 or at 304-951-9168.  If you do not have your FSA farm map you can get that at the time of your visit from the FSA office.   The SCD office hours are Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM 


The first sign up period will include the following cost share practices: Lime, Exclusion Fence, Pasture Division Fence, Pond Cleanout or Watering System.   

We anticipate our 2nd sign up application period to be in January of 2017 - at that time we will offer cost share on: Nutrient Management (fertilze), Frost Seeding and Invasive Species Managemtn for the spring season.



AgEP approvals for first sign up period - 9/15/15
posted by: Verna Floyd

Please find attached a complete list of all cooperators approved for AgEP cost share at the Southern CD September 10 board meeting.





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