Richmond Soil and Water Conservation District has received its N.C. Agricultural Cost Share Program allocations from the State of North Carolina for non-point source pollution control. These funds are available to assist farmers when installing best management practices that help decrease the amount of chemicals, sediment and other pollutants in the surface and ground waters of Richmond County, as well as the state of N.C.
Landowners and operators of existing agricultural operations who are interested in installing BMPs may apply for cost share assistance. Such practices include, but are not limited to; waste storage structures, livestock exclusion, cover crops, long term no-till, and cropland conversion.
In addition to N.C. Agricultural Cost Share Program allocations, Richmond Soil and Water will be receiving funds under the Community Conservation Assistance Program. CCAP provides funding to landowners to improve conservation concerns by installing practices such as rain gardens, cisterns and pet waste receptacles. These practices are available to not only rural communities but to all landowners.
In Program Year 2013, the district expects to receive approximately $47,138 for NCACSP and $2,413 for CCAP. The year begins July 1, 2012, and ends June 30, 2013. For more information, contact Erin Richardson, Natural Resource Conservationist, in the district office at 910-997-8244, Ext #3.