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Ag-Enhancement Sign up NOW OPEN - 12/1/17
posted by: Sherry Duncan

AGRICULTURE ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM

Applications will be accepted for these practices December 4th through January 12th, 2018.

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- April 15.

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- April 15.

· 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:

· 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.

 

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

         

  • -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 15, 2018.

 

 

Chesapeake Bay Program

 Applications will be accepted for these practices December 4th through January 12th, 2018.

 

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 15, 2018.

 

 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 15, 2018.

 

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 15, 2018.

 

For more information:

Please contact Barbie Elliott at the EPCD office at (681) 247-3012 , email her at belliott@wvca.us or get your applications at www.wvca.us/districts/epcd.cfm




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