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Kentucky Agriculture Science and Monitoring Committee

Dedicated to coordinating agricultural science and monitoring efforts in Kentucky in order to promote sustainable farming and a healthy environment.


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Kentucky Irrigation and Drought Resources

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As irrigation and other water-resources issues develop within Kentucky's diverse agricultural community, producers across Kentucky are facing critical, and potentially costly, decisions and might not know where to turn for assistance. Given this, the Kentucky Farm Bureau's Water Management Working Group (WMWG) and the Kentucky Agriculture Science and Monitoring Committee (KASMC) have compiled a quick-reference listing of contacts and information. Link to resources....

Kentucky Irrigation and Drought Resources

Landowner Conservation Planning Tools

Agricultural and Water-Quality Resources

US Department of Agriculture

US Environmental Protection Agency

US Geological Survey

Farm Pond Resources

Discovery Farms


Educational Videos

Bob James and his sons tell their story of farming over 400 acres in Fayette County, Kentucky, with a focus on conservation. [Click above image to view Video; courtesy of UK College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment]

Funding Sources/Opportunities

  • Several soybean-related research grants are currently available through the Kentucky Soybean Board. Inquiries should be directed to Debbie Ellis at dellis@kysoy.org

  • The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) is currently offering several funding opportunities through the 4R Research Fund. Information on these TFI opportunities is available at: http://www.nutrientstewardship.com/funding.

  • This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits proposals from eligible entities, including nonprofit organizations, to deliver environmental workforce development and job training programs that recruit, train, and place local, unemployed and under-employed residents with the skills needed to secure full-time employment in the environmental field, with a focus on solid and hazardous waste remediation, environmental health and safety, and wastewater-related training. For more information, please visit the following link: http://www.epa.gov/oswer/docs/grants/epa-oswer-oblr-15-01.pdf

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, announces the posting of the Request for Applications (RFA), Water Quality Benefits. Its goal is to advance knowledge of how changes in water quality, including incremental or step improvements, can be valued at appropriate spatial scales for the Nation’s inland fresh water small streams, lakes and rivers, estuaries, coastal waters and the Great Lakes. The Agency is interested in supporting research that evaluates how measurable attributes of water quality improvements can be translated into human benefits and values, either directly or through indicators.

  • The Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (CPS) Cooperative Agreement Program provides funding for eligible applicants for projects that address local environmental and public health issues within an affected community. The CPS Program is designed to help communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. For more information and the RFP see: http://www.epa.gov/compliance/ej/grants/ej-cps-grants.html#rfp

  • NRCS is offering a funding opportunity to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies, while leveraging the Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection in conjunction with agricultural production. For more information about this funding opportunity visit: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/financial/cig/

Nutrient Reduction Strategies

Water Quality Monitoring: A Guide for Informed Decision Making

Do you need help in explaining water-quality monitoring to a non-technical audience? Are you working with decision makers who are confused by the array of monitoring programs, water databases, data portals and tools to collect and interpret water quality information?

The National Water Quality Monitoring Council (NWQMC) Water Information Strategies workgroup has developed a series fact sheets intended to help explain and clarify differences in water-quality monitoring designs. Each fact sheet is organized to answer the “how”, “what” and “when” questions of monitoring design. “How” is the program implemented? “What” types of questions does this design answer?” or “When” is this particular design appropriate? Examples from existing programs are provided to help guide the reader and quick links provide more in-depth information for each topic. Additionally, topics include the Water Quality Portal and tools such as Water Quality Indices and Report Cards are available to help guide you in the management and use of water quality data.

Available Fact Sheets include:

Data and Resources

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Current Water Conditions

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Pesticide National Synthesis Project (NAWQA)

map of atrazine concentration is the US

This map shows the predicted probability that atrazine plus DEA will exceed 3.0 µg/L in shallow groundwater underlying agricultural lands. About 95% of the nation’s agricultural areas have less than a 10% chance of exceeding this threshold. Although shallow groundwater in agricultural areas is seldom tapped by public-supply wells, these predictions are conservatively high estimates of the probability that atrazine plus DEA will exceed the MCL in deeper groundwater that may be used for drinking-water supplies. Read more.....

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Meeting Presentations