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No-till farming
The Mercer County Conservation District owns four no-till seed drills which are leased at a low rate to the county farmers. These drill sowed 1,600 acres this year. As a result of this program approximately 85% of all cropland in Mercer County is no-tilled.

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Wildlife Habitat Improvement
There is an increasing interest for Landowners in developing wildlife habitat, walking trails, restoring native grasses, etc. Twenty-four Mercer County farmers have developed wildlife habitat and other are in the planning stages.

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Pollution Control
With four rivers and approximately 30 dairies in Mercer County, animal waste control has become a major priority. There are currently approximately 85 animal waste systems in operation in the county and others being planned.

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Thistle Control
The district maintains two Broyhill sprayers that are loaned to farmers for the control of musk thistle, which continues to be a problem in the county.

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Burn Down Spray
The District purchased a two hundred gallon Broyhill Sprayer to use Round-up spray in only. The primary uses for this sprayer will be to burn down existing grass in strips for preparation for tree planting, and to burn down fescue fields for conservation for native warm season grass planting.

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Tree Setter
The District has a Whitfield Tree Setter. This setter plants one row of tree seedlings at a time. The setter is hauled on a specially designed  trailer for easy transport and unloading. In addition, the tree setter is equipped with a 32" wide sod scalper.

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Recycling
The district coordinates an office-wide recycling program and purchases recycled products when possible.

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Teacher's Grants and Scholarships
The district offers teachers in all area schools a grant for the purchase of environmental education materials. The teacher must submit the idea with a list of materials needed and a cost estimate. Educational materials are also kept on hand for teachers and students. The District promotes the Ag and Environment in the Classroom program.

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Scholarship
The district offers a $750 renewable scholarship to area students entering the fields of agriculture or environmental science. We currently have two on scholarships.

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Dues
The Mercer County Conservation District pays 100% of the dues assessed by KACD and NACD as well as R.C. & D.

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