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Ag. Enhancement and Chesapeake Bay Program Now Open - 12/3/18
posted by: Sherry Duncan

AGRICULTURE ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM :Applications will be accepted for these practices December 1 through February 1, 2019.

Forage Re-Seeding (Hay and/or Pasture): The method of re-establishing adapted and/or compatible species, varieties, or cultivators of herbaceous species suitable for pasture and/or hayland. Planting dates are March 15- May 1.

  • Flat rate of $65/acre. Eligible up to an accumulative of 75 acres of hay and pasture.
  • Soil tests are required to apply. Test must be less than 3 years old.

Field is ineligible if:

  •  If pH is less than 5.6
  •  If P levels are below: 12 lbs./ac, 6 PPM or 28 lbs./ac of P20
  •  If K levels are below: 76 lbs./ac, 38 PPM or 92 lbs./ac of K20.

Hay and/or Pasture Establishment:  The method of establishing adapted and/or compatible species, varieties, or cultivators of herbaceous species suitable for pasture and/or hayland. Planting dates are March 15- May 1.

  • Flat rate of $125/acre. Eligible up to an accumulative of 50 acres of hay and pasture.
  • Cannot be previously in hay or pasture ground.
  • Must be maintained as hay and/or pasture for a 5 year lifespan
  • Soil tests are required to apply. Test must be less than 3 years old.

Field is ineligible if: Same Requirements as Pasture and Hay Reseeding

Frost-seeding: An economical method of improving pasture and hay fields by broadcasting the seed on frozen ground.  Planting dates are by March 15.

  • Flat rate of $20/ac. on legume seed ONLY
  • Producers are eligible for up to 50 acres.
  • Soil test is needed to apply. Test must be less than 3 years old.
  • If pH is less than 5.6 for that field it is ineligible.

Continual Sign up as Funds are AVAILABLE!

       Lime: -Provide incentive for the maintenance of cropland, hayland, pastureland, vegetables and/or orchard.

  • Cost share is 50% not to exceed $20 per ton.
  • Producers are eligible up to 75 acres.
  • Soil test is needed to apply. Test must be less than 3 years old.
  • Practices must be completed by June 13, 2019.

Chesapeake Bay Program

Applications will be accepted for these practices while funds are available.

Heavy Use Protection Area – The stabilization of areas frequently being used by livestock and/or vehicles.

Can be used for the following: Livestock watering areas, livestock trail and walkways, loading and unloading areas, and post-harvest processing areas.

  • Flat rate of $1.32/sq. ft., not to exceed $2,000 per producer.
  •  Practices must be completed by June 13, 2019.

 Stream Protection (livestock exclusion): The permanent exclusion of animals from a stream.

  • Cost share is 90%, not to exceed $8,000.
  • Must have livestock in stream to qualify.
  • Practices included fencing, watering systems, stream crossing, and riparian buffers.
  • Practices must be completed by June 13, 2019.

Divisional Fencing and watering trough: The installation of fence to facilitated handling, movement and feeding of livestock in a pasture environment.

  • Cost share is up to $5,000 per program year.
  • Must have perimeter fence already installed to qualify.
  • Must have livestock to qualify.
  • Practices included fencing, watering systems and pipeline.
  • Practices must be completed by June 13, 2019.

For more information:

Please contact Barbie Elliott at the EPCD office at (681) 247-3012, email her at belliott@wvca.us



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