Each year, the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program partners with local farmers to provide grants to local nonprofits. This year, Lucas County farmer James Nelson directed $2,500 to South Central Iowa Cedar Creek Watershed Management Authority (S.C.IA.C.C. WMA) through America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Bayer Fund.

“These funds will be used to maintain forward progress of the WMA mission, which is to obtain grants for soil and water conservation and water quality practices in the Cedar Creek Watershed location in Lucas, Monroe, Marion, Mahaska and Appanoose counties.” said, Joe Pyle, S.C.IA.C.C. WMA Chairperson.

The WMA will use the funds to work with Soil and Water Conservation Districts to provide education and awareness to the public in protecting Cedar Creek. They will also apply conservation and water quality practices using technical and financial assistance through state and federal programs. The program will serve approximately 2,500 people.

The Marion County Engineer’s office has been attending S.C.IA.C.C. WMA meetings, while the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District is working through an Iowa Soybean Association grant on a creek in Marion County to establish data. This data will assist in any potential grant the WMA may receive.