Through the course of the grant period, we provided outreach and educational workshops, trainings, tours, and one-on-one technical assistance. These events helped prepared landowners to make voluntary changes on their properties to enhance water quality in local creeks, simplify chores, and improve animal health. Three workshops, two tours and one technical training were conducted, with a total of 111 attendees. Topics related to Best Management Practices (BMPs) for livestock facilities such as manure and mud management, understanding and planning for drainage, pasture management, winter preparedness, composting options and site planning. The RCD also visited 21 facilities and provided technical recommendations related to changes each facility could make to benefit their land and animals.
The program also provided over $100,000 in cost-share grants to six facilities that implemented the recommended improvements. Landowners collectively contributed an equal dollar amount for the projects with both in-kind and cash match. On February 8, 2020 we conducted a tour of four of the facilities to highlight the various BMPs used to successfully manage manure and mud, several of which are highlighted our lastest Livestock and Land newsletter, From the Horses Mouth.