Agriculture Cost Share Programs
NC Ag Cost Share — provides a 75% cost share to persons who install water quality improvement projects on agricultural lands. The District has one full-time staff working with this program and receives an average annual allocation of $100,000 for cost share with farmers. (from: http://www.ncagr.gov/SWC/costshareprograms/ACSP/index.html)
Agricultural Water Resources Assistance Program (AgWRAP) — 75% as cost share amount to present caps. Most projects are ranked and funded at the state level.
The purposes of the program are to:
- Identify opportunities to increase water use efficiency, availability and storage
- Implement best management practices (BMPs) to conserve and protect water resources
- Increase water use efficiency
- Increase water storage and availability for agricultural purposes
- AgWRAP website
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) — A federal program that provides incentive payments for a variety of water quality conservation practices. The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers through contracts up to a maximum term of ten years in length. These contracts provide financial assistance to help plan and implement conservation practices that address natural resource concerns and for opportunities to improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland. In addition, a purpose of EQIP is to help producers meet Federal, State, Tribal and local environmental regulations.
Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) — The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) provides technical and financial assistance to eligible landowners to address soil, water, and related natural resource concerns on their lands in an environmentally beneficial and cost-effective manner. CRP encourages landowners to convert highly erodible cropland and other environmentally sensitive areas to permanent cover, such as introduced or native grasses, trees, filter strips, riparian forest buffers, wetlands, and shallow water habitats. Federal program that pays 50% to establish Riparian zones along streams, also pays an annual rental payment for 10 to 15 years.
Urban Cost Share Programs
Community Conservation Assistance Program (CCAP) — A voluntary, incentive-based program designed to improve water quality through the installation of various best management practices (BMPs) on urban, suburban and rural lands, not directly involved in agricultural production. CCAP consists of educational, technical and financial assistance provided to landowners by local soil and water conservation districts. (from http://www.ncagr.gov/SWC/costshareprograms/CCAP/index.html )
For more information, check out their website CCAP Website.