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Ag Enchancement and Bay Program sign up Begins July 10, 2017 - 7/7/17
posted by: Sherry Duncan

ACCEPTING AGRICULTURE ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM APPLICATIONS!

 Applications will be accepted for these practices July 10th through August 11th.

1. Hay and/or Pasture Re-Seeding: 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 August 15- September 15.

· Flat rate of $65/acre. Eligible up to a 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:

· pH is less than 5.6

· P levels are below: 12 lbs./ac, 6 PPM or 28 lbs./ac of P20

· K levels are below: 76 lbs./ac, 38 PPM or 92 lbs./ac of K20.

2. Hay and/or Pasture Establishment: Conversion of cropland to hay or pasture. Must be maintained for 5 years.  Planting dates are August 15- September 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:

· pH is less than 5.6

· P levels are below: 12 lbs./ac, 6 PPM or 28 lbs./ac of P20

· K levels are below: 76 lbs./ac, 38 PPM or 92 lbs./ac of K20.

3. Lime: Assist with 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 December 15th, 2017.

4. 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 December 15th, 2017.

5. Cover Crops: Must follow a row crop.  Producers are eligible for up to 75 acres.

 Cost share rates are as follows:

· $60/ac by September 15th (2 or more species planted)

· $50/ac. by October 5th

· $40/ac. by October 18th

· $30/ac. by November 9th (ONLY wheat, rye and triticale)

6. 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 December 15th, 2017.

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

· Cost share is up to $5,000 per program year.

· Must have livestock to qualify.

· Practices included fencing, watering systems and pipeline.

· Practices must be completed by December 15th, 2017.

Any producer that is interested in participating in this program should contact Barbie Elliott at the EPCD office at 304-263-4376 ext. 4 or belliott@wvca.us

Please see the EPCD Program tab on the left side of this screen and click to print your application!!!

 




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