Earlier this month, the Council of State approved a request from Commissioner Troxler to allocate $370,800 to the Foundation for Soil and Water Conservation to purchase 25 no-till grass drills.
Twenty-five soil and water districts across the state will each receive a drill. The foundation selected districts based on need and pasture acreage.
The first five drills will be delivered to the Mountain Research Station for distribution to the soil and water districts in Buncombe, Caldwell, Lincoln, Madison and Rutherford counties. Twenty additional drills will be distributed to soil and water districts across the state in June.
The 2007 drought cut hay production by nearly 40 percent and devastated pastures across the state.