The Blue Ridge Soil & Water Conservation District announces it will be accepting applications for assistance with installation of agricultural best management practices (BMPs) that are designed to conserve soil and protect water quality. With the beginning of our new fiscal year on July 1, 2015 limited funding is available to assist producers with installing agriculture best management practices. Applications for assistance will be taken from Thursday August 20, 2015 through close of business on Friday September 18, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. Producers considering signing up for Agriculture BMP Cost-Share are encouraged to do so within these dates. Since funding is limited, all applications will be ranked for prioritization and approved accordingly. No application is guaranteed to be funded and an application must be approved before implementation. Many of the eligible conservation practices can be combined with other conservation programs offered through the USDA. If any cost-share funds are available after the first sign up round a second sign up round may be available at a later date. The 2015-2016 VACS BMP Cost Share program has been revised so that the Stream Exclusion with Grazing Land Management (SL-6) BMP is eligible for 80% cost share with a $70,000.00 cap. Other practices available include, but are not limited to the following:
AFORESTATION OF CROP, HAY AND PASTURE LAND (FR-1) STREAM EXCLUSION WITH GRAZING LAND MANAGEMENT (SL-6) HARVESTABLE COVER CROP (SL-8H) NON HARVESTABLE COVER CROP (SL-8B) LEGUME BASED COVER CROP (WQ-4) HIGH RESIDUE MINIMUM SOIL DISTURBANCE (NO-TILL) SYSTEM (SL-15A,SL-15B, CCI-CNT) NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT PRACTICES (NM-1A, NM-3C, NM-4) RIPARIAN VEGETATIVE BUFFERS (FR-3, WQ-1) ANIMAL WASTE CONTROL PRACTICES (WP-4, WP-4B) For more information regarding water quality and erosion control BMP’s please contact P.W. Morgan, Senior Conservation Specialist, at (540)-483-5269 Ext 115 or Michael Tabor at (540) 483-5341 ext. 122.