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310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

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BMP applications now being accepted

Monday, August 4, 2014

The Blue Ridge Soil & Water Conservation District is currently accepting applications for assistance with installation of agricultural best management practices (BMP) that are designed to conserve soil and protect water quality.

The new fiscal year began July 1, 2014, and agriculture producers who are considering signing up for assistance this year are encouraged to do so as soon as possible, according to P.W. Morgan with the BRSWCD. All practices must be approved prior to implementation and are subject to prioritized ranking for approval.

Cover Crop applications must be submitted no later than Friday, Aug. 29.

Many of the eligible conservation practices can be combined with other conservation programs offered by USDA. If cost-share is still available after this first sign-up round, a second sign-up round of cost-share may be offered at a later date. The 2014-2015 Agriculture cost-share allocation has been revised to include 100 percent cost share for Grazing Land Protection (SL-6); however, note that this is not a comprehensive listing of available practices:

•Reforestation of Erodible Crop & Pasture Land (FR-1)

•Grazing Land Protection -SL-6 (stream exclusion, water fountains, well, pipeline and fencing)

•Grazing Land Management (SL-9)

•Harvestable Cover Crop, SL-8H: ($20/acre and requires a Nutrient Management Plan)

•Non-Harvestable Cover Crop, SL-8B: ($15-$48/acre and requires a Nutrient Management Plan).

•Continuous No-Till, SL-15A, SL-15B & CCI-CNT

•Nutrient management (certain practices), NM-3C, NM-4 & NM-1A

•Riparian Vegetative Buffers, FR-3, WQ-1 & SL-7

For more information regarding water quality and erosion control best management practices, please contact P.W. Morgan (senior conservation specialist) at (540) 483-5269, ext. 115.

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