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#237080 - 10/07/10 04:14 PM NRCS Cost Sharing?
Gunny Offline

Registered: 11/20/07
Posts: 25
Loc: Central Texas
Not sure where to ask this but how do you get the NRCS to help with the cost of a pond? Been talking to them for a while now and it has never come up. Is there a specific set of questions I have to ask in order for them to discuss it?



#237081 - 10/07/10 04:18 PM Re: NRCS Cost Sharing? [Re: Gunny]
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Registered: 06/06/07
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Loc: St Louis, MO area
Gunny, you will need to contact your local County NRCS agent located in the County USDA office. They will be able to tell you what may be required and where the money is. Be sure to consider any ownership rights or control you might lose by getting the assistance.

MANY people have regretted the help after the fact.


#237087 - 10/07/10 04:42 PM Re: NRCS Cost Sharing? [Re: Rainman]
Gunny Offline

Registered: 11/20/07
Posts: 25
Loc: Central Texas
Thanks Rainman. So basically just ask them specifically about cost share programs, and what is required of me if I choose to attempt to get into this.

Care to expound on specific issues with rights or control issues with the NRCS? I've kind of heard about this in the past but everyone has been really cryptic with these responses and I've never actually heard of anything specific.

Thanks again.


#237089 - 10/07/10 05:32 PM Re: NRCS Cost Sharing? [Re: Gunny]
Blaine Offline

Registered: 06/15/05
Posts: 449
Loc: Central Indiana
The most concerning would be public access rights. Another would be restrictions on pest control. I've even heard of the relinquishing of fish ownership if they stock it for free. Meaning that they may come to pull fingerlings from your established fishery to stock the next guys pond.

These are just examples of some of the stories I've heard. May or may not be true but I would certainly check into everything that is required of you when signing up for their programs.

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#237098 - 10/07/10 07:45 PM Re: NRCS Cost Sharing? [Re: Blaine]
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Registered: 10/07/05
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#237132 - 10/08/10 07:56 AM Re: NRCS Cost Sharing? [Re: Brettski]
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I did it quite a few years ago and am told that they have now "de-emphasized" the pond cost sharing program. That may have changed.

I think they dropped by a couple of times per year for several years to look at the pond. No big deal.
It's not about the fish. It's about the pond. Take care of the pond and the fish will be fine. PB subscriber since before it was in color.

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#237144 - 10/08/10 10:13 AM Re: NRCS Cost Sharing? [Re: Dave Davidson1]
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Registered: 12/06/04
Posts: 5505
Loc: Minnesota
The government already controls far too much of our lives. I would definitely not invite government intervention into our pond or land. I have self sufficiency syndrome that may influence my thought processes. grin
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#237157 - 10/08/10 10:48 AM Re: NRCS Cost Sharing? [Re: Dwight]
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Registered: 03/08/05
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I have heard of them trying to control the planning and building - such as location and size and the construction methods.

#237571 - 10/12/10 02:16 PM Re: NRCS Cost Sharing? [Re: ewest]
Gunny Offline

Registered: 11/20/07
Posts: 25
Loc: Central Texas
Thanks guys


#237680 - 10/13/10 03:03 PM Re: NRCS Cost Sharing? [Re: Gunny]
david u Offline

Registered: 11/28/06
Posts: 359
Loc: denton & montague counties
Gunny, I would like to second Brettski's opinion of cost share with NRCS. Several programs, like EQUIP. The NRCS usually lets the counties decide on what programs they will help with and it varies year by year. IIRC, there wasn't any pond building, but that could have changed. I shared a native grass restoration program and have no regrets..du

#237902 - 10/15/10 08:55 AM Re: NRCS Cost Sharing? [Re: david u]
outdoorstom Offline

Registered: 05/17/07
Posts: 124
Loc: Waddington, New York
I've been involved in several programs...WHIP, and Partners for Fish & Wildlife. The whip included 4 acres of nwsg's, and the Partners included them digging 8 duck ponds in a wet 22 acre field. They paid everything, including a water control structure. The only stipulation is I can't fill them in for 10 years. They have the right to come and walk the property to see how it's doing, which they do once a year. They also gave me a 50lb bag of switchgrass and wildflower seed, but we've had a really wet year and I can't get my tractor in there to work the land yet.

Edited by outdoorstom (10/15/10 08:56 AM)


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