N.C. Agriculture cost share program sign-up underway

Published 6:53 pm Wednesday, September 5, 2018

From Hyde County Soil and Water District

Hyde SWCD has received their allocation for the North Carolina Agriculture Cost Share Program for the 2019 program year. The Hyde Soil & Water Conservation District received $37,169 in cost share funds and $7,500.00 through the Agricultural Water Resources Assistance Program (AgWRAP). The sign up for applications is now available and will continue through January 31st, 2019, or until all funds have been expended.

The District offers funding on BMP’s such as nutrient management, water control structures, land smoothing and 3 year continuous no-till crop rotation. The limit for nutrient management acreage is 250 acres and applicant must agree to carry out the practice for three years on the same land. The incentive payment for this practice is $6 per acre. The acreage limit on conservation tillage is 100 acres. The incentive payment for this practice is $60.00 per acre. The District is offering land smoothing at $187.50 an acre with a 40 acre cap and cover crop at 150 acres at $40.00 an acre with an lifetime cap not to exceed $15,000.

The purpose of the cost share program is to reduce the amount of nutrients entering surface and groundwater through best management practices (BMP’s) such as nutrient management.

If you are interested in these programs, please contact the Hyde Soil & Water Conservation District office located at 30 Oyster Creek Road, Hyde Government Center, Suite 131 in Swan Quarter, North Carolina. You may also call our office at (252) 926- 4195 or (252) 926-5291. Allie Mulligan, the Hyde District Resource Specialist will be happy to talk to you about our programs and assist you with the application process.