Cost ~ Share
The Virginia Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) Cost –Share Program provides incentives for farmers to install conservation practices. Partial assistance is available for individuals who carry out a district board-approved conservation plan. The program consists of practices including:
permanent vegetative cover on cropland
small grain cover crop for nutrient and residue management
reforestation for erodible crop and pastureland
sod waterways....and others.
The Commonwealth's Department of Conservation and Recreation
website offers more information.
Nutrient Management Programs
Virginia’s Nutrient Management Program assists farmers and other constituents on ways to protect water quality by encouraging efficient use of manures, fertilizers, sewage sludge, and other nutrient sources for crop production. Plans are required for large permitted confined animal farms and certain sewage sludge application sites for a precision application equipment Virginia tax credit program and for certain cost-share practices.
The primary objectives of this program are to:
reduce nonpoint source pollution
improve water quality and efficiently grow crops
Chesapeake Bay Local Assistance Department (CBLAD)
In eastern Virginia, soil and water quality conservation plans must be established and approved by the district board for any agricultural land in locally designated Chesapeake Bay Preservation Areas. These areas are divided into two categories.
Resource Protection Areas (RPA) - sensitive lands at or near the shoreline which, by nature, affect water quality.
Resource Management Areas (RMA) - land adjacent to RPA's which protect RPA's and water quality.
Other Available Programs:
Food Security Act (FSA)
Erosion and Sediment Control
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