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Grasses are highly susceptible to overgrazing in the spring as plants are beginning their growth. Wait to graze grasses until they are about 8" in height. When you do begin grazing in the spring rotate livestock between paddocks to reduce overgrazing and optimize forage utilization. When rotating livestock, do not graze down past 3" in height to allow for strong roots and grass regrowth. Resources:🌱Grazing Management and Soil Health: (See seasonal grazing challenges) www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/nrcseprd621806.pdf🌱Managing Grasslands for Profitwww.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb1044248.pdf🌱Planned Grazinghereford.org/static/files/0111_PlannedGrazing.pdf ...
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Feeling creative, or know someone who is?Check out this unique opportunity to show how you #LoveYourWatershed from our friends at UVA Clean Water and UVA Sustainability.Call For Artists!!! In celebration of Earth Day Every Day with UVA Sustainability, the Clean Water group is thrilled to announce our second Storm Drain Mural Contest!The winning artist will paint their mural design on a storm drain on Grounds, and receive a $500 Bookstore gift card!We encourage all interested students, faculty, staff, and Charlottesville community members to submit. Follow this link for design requirements: drive.google.com/file/d/1Lmim6MFGY52_BoyL7HD_ZVw_VxwZccde/view#earthdayva ...
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April is National Volunteer Month and do you know about the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Earth Team program?Since 1985, Earth Team volunteers have provided a valued source of talent and enthusiasm to the USDA/NRCS. Every day, these dedicated volunteers work with conservation professionals on private lands to improve soil quality, conserve water, improve air quality and enhance wildlife habitat.Available to anyone 14 and older, the Earth Team provides a variety of opportunities: full- or part-time; outdoor or indoor activities; and as an individual or part of a group. There is something for everyone.Click here to learn more about NRCS Earth Team Volunteer Program www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/people/volunteers/?cid=nrcseprd1303417. ...
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Louisa County residents! Announcing the Goldmine Watershed Septic System Cost Share Assistance Program! This program provides 50% to 80% financial reimbursement for septic pump out, repair and/or replacement for failing septic systems to residents. All residents in the watershed, regardless of income are eligible to receive at least 50% reimbursement of the cost of a septic pump out, repair or replacement. Additional cost-share rates (up to 80%) are available to residents that meet income guidelines. You must apply first to be eligible. Checkout the map to see if your home is located in the Goldmine Watershed.Contact the Thomas Jefferson Soil & Water Conservation District for an application by emailing septic@tjswcd.org or calling 434-975-0224Visit www.tjswcd.org/septic-system-maintenance/ for more info ...
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