PCM program comes to West Kentucky
The Precision Conservation Management program in Kentucky hired their first specialist in April - Chris Stewart, a 20 year retired Army veteran and small scale livestock producer from Lyon County. Chris is originally from south Louisiana where he grew up in the rice, soybean, and cattle industry. After graduating college, he was accepted to helicopter flight school and spent the last 20 years serving in the Army, having just retired in February. In the last few years leading up to retirement, Chris volunteered extensively with the Natural Resource Conservation Service helping farmers establish conservation practices to stop erosion and soil loss. Chris also participated in the EQIP program on his own farming operation in Lyon county. He was just recognized by the Lyon County Conservation District as Master Conservationist for 2017.
As a PCM specialist, Chris will help farmers make good financially-based conservation decisions by combining data from their farm with the use of NRCS programs with a long term goal of Conservation Stewardship Program readiness.
The PCM program targets 10 counties in the Purchase, Lower Cumberland, and Lower Green River areas.
PCM will help efficiently, effectively, and profitably improve water quality and soil health. He will be based out of the Lyon County Soil Conservation District office in Eddyville KY.