North Carolina Ag Cost Share Program
The major cause of water quality problems in North Carolina and in the United States is "non-point source" pollution. Non-point source pollution comes from many places and by definition can not be traced to one particular source. Non-point source pollution can come from homes, parking lots, highways, development, the atmosphere and agriculture.
The North Carolina Agricultural Cost Share program was established in 1984 to help reduce the sources of agricultural non-point pollution to North Carolina's waters. The NCACSP helps owners and renters of established agricultural operations improve their farm management by using Best Management Practices (BMP's). These BMP's include vegetative, structural or management systems that can improve the efficiency of farming operations, as well as reducing the potential of surface and ground water pollution.
Participants in this program can be reimbursed up to 75% of a predetermined average cost for each BMP installed. 25% of the cost is the responsibility of the farmer.
Special Funds for Sandy Creek Watershed
The Franklin County Soil & Water Conservation District has received a special allocation of funds to be used in the Sandy Creek Watershed area of the county. Any landowner, farming operation, or nursery operation is eligible for cost-share assistance. The watershed has been designated impaired/impacted by DWQ and the District is interested in working with individuals to install Best Management Practices (BMP’s) to improve water quality in this watershed. Field Borders, Sod-based rotation, Cropland conversion to grass or trees, and livestock exclusion from creeks and streams are excellent practices for slowing erosion from fields before reaching the streams. If you are interested in doing your part to improve water quality in Franklin County and the state, contact the district field staff at 919-496-3137 ext. 3.
And remember, “All Things Are Connected”!
Limited Resource Farmers
The NCACSP now provides funding for limited resource farmers. The limited resource farmer can be reimbursed up to 90% of a predetermined average cost for each BMP installed. 10% of the cost would be the responsibility of the farmer.
Several BMP's have been approved for the program:
- Facilities to handle the storage of agricultural chemicals
- Water control structures
- Terraces and Diversions
- Stabilizing stream banks (with NC Wetlands Reserve Program)
- Stream crossings
- Stock trails & heavy use protection areas
- Sod-based rotation
- Sediment control structures
- Nutrient management
- No-till cropping system
- Fencing livestock out of streams
- Grassed waterways
- Field borders, filter strips and buffers along waterways
- Cropland conversion to grass or trees
- Planting and stabilizing critical areas
- Animal waste management systems
- Livestock watering systems
- Prescribed Grazing
- Permanent Fencing
- Temporary Fencing
- Rooftop Runoff Management System
If you would like more information on the NC Ag. Cost Share Program, please contact Charles Bass or stop by our office.