NC Agricultural Cost Share Program (NC-ACSP)

The North Carolina Agriculture Cost-Share Program was established in 1984 to help reduce the sources of agricultural nonpoint pollution to North Carolina waters. The Cost Share program helps owners and renters of established agricultural operations improve their on-farm management by using Best Management Practices, also called BMPs. These BMPs include vegetative, structural, or management systems that can improve the efficiency of farming operations.  The results can make farmers more productive while reducing the potential for polluting surface and ground water. 

The district  is currently accepting applications under the North Carolina Agricultural Cost-Share Program with funding available beginning July 1 of each year.

Best Management Practices include:

  • Heavy Use Area Protection    
  • Livestock Exclusion System    
  • Stock Trail and Walkway    
  • Stream Crossing
  • Trough or Tank    
  • Well    
  • Controlled Livestock Lounging Area    
  • Critical Area Planting
  • Cropland Conversion    
  • Diversion    
  • Sod-Based Rotation    
  • Stripcropping
  • Filter Strip    
  • Grassed Waterway    
  • Rock-lined Outlet      

Heavy Use Area Protection means an area used frequently and intensively by animals which must be stabilized by surfacing with suitable materials to improve water quality. Benefits may include reduced soil erosion, sedimentation and pollution from dissolved, particulate, and sediment-attached substances

A Livestock Exclusion System means a system of permanent fencing (board, barbed, high tensile or electric wire) installed to exclude livestock from streams and critical areas not intended for grazing to improve water quality. Benefits may include reduced soil erosion, sedimentation, pathogen contamination and pollution from dissolved, particulate, and sediment-attached substances.

A Stock Trail and Walkway means to provide a stable area used frequently and intensively for livestock movement by surfacing with suitable material to improve water quality. Benefits may include reduced soil erosion, sedimentation and pollution from dissolved, particulate, and sediment-attached substances.

A Stream Crossing means a trail constructed across a stream to allow livestock to cross without disturbing the bottom or causing soil erosion on the banks.

A Trough or Tank means devices installed to provide drinking water for livestock at a stabilized location.

A Well means constructing a drilled, driven or dug well to supply water from an underground source.

A Controlled Livestock Lounging Area means a planned, stabilized and vegetated area in which livestock are kept for a short duration.

A Critical Area Planting means an area of highly erodible land that cannot be stabilized by ordinary conservation treatment on which permanent perennial vegetative cover is established and protected to improve water quality. Benefits may include reduced soil erosion and sedimentation.

A Cropland Conversion Practice means to establish and maintain a conservation cover of grass, trees, or wildlife plantings on fields previously used for crop production to improve water quality. Benefits may include reduced soil erosion, sedimentation and pollution from dissolved and sediment-attached substances.

A Diversion means a channel constructed across a slope with a supporting ridge on the lower side to control drainage by diverting excess water from an area to improve water quality. Benefits may include reduced soil erosion, sedimentation and pollution from dissolved and sediment-attached substances.

A Sod-Based Rotation Practice means an adapted sequence of crops, grasses and legumes, or a mixture thereof, established and maintained for a definite number of years as part of a conservation cropping system. Sod-based rotation is designed to provide adequate organic residue for maintenance or improvement of soil tilth to improve water quality. Benefits may include reduced soil erosion, sedimentation and pollution from dissolved and sediment-attached substances.

A Stripcropping practice means to grow crops and sod in a systematic arrangement of alternating strips or bands across the slope to improve water quality. Benefits may include reduced soil erosion, sedimentation and pollution from dissolved and sediment-attached substances. The crops are arranged so that a strip of grass or dose-growing crop is alternated with a strip of dean-tilled crop, fallow, or no-till crop, or a strip of grass is alternated with a dose-growing crop.

A Field Border means a strip of perennial vegetation established at the edge of the field that provides a stabilized outlet for row water to improve water quality. Benefits may include reduced soil erosion, sedimentation and pollution from dissolved and sediment-attached substances.

A Fitter Strip means an area of permanent perennial vegetation for removing sediment, organic matter, and other pollutants from runoff and waste water to improve water quality. Benefits may include reduced soil erosion, sedimentation and pathogen contamination and pollution from dissolved, particulate, and sediment-attached substances.

A Grassed Waterway means a natural or constructed channel that is shaped or graded to required dimensions and established in suitable vegetation for the stable conveyance of runoff to improve water quality. Benefits may include reduced soil erosion, sedimentation and pollution from dissolved and sediment-attached substances.

A Rock-lined Outlet means a waterway having an erosion-resistant lining of concrete, stone or other permanent material where an unlined or grassed waterway would be inadequate to improve water quality. Benefits may include safe disposal of runoff, reduced erosion and sedimentation

 

       
       
       

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