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North Carolina Agricultural Cost Share Program (NCACSP)

Technical assistance is available free to landowners in local Soil and Water Conservation Districts throughout North Carolina. Technicians help landowners address resource concerns by installation of best management practices (BMPs). If qualified, there is also financial assistance available through the following three cost share programs. These programs are administered by the NC Division of Soil and Water Conservation. The Division gives final approval and processes requests for payment to cooperators participating in the program.

A major cause of water quality problems in North Carolina and in the U.S. is "nonpoint source" pollution. In many places across our state, damage to our water resources come from soil erosion, excessive fertilizer use, animal waste contamination, and improper use of agricultural chemicals. NCACSP is a financial assistance program designed to protect water quality.

NCASCP was established in 1984 to help reduce the sources of agricultural nonpoint source pollution to North Carolina's waters. The program helps landowners and operators of established agricultural operations improve their on-farm management by using best management practices, BMP's. These BMP's or management systems can make farmers more productive while reducing the potential for polluting surface and groundwater. Financial assistance is offered to farmers to share the cost of installation of the BMP's, up to 75% of the average cost of each BMP installed.

The following BMP's are examples of approved management systems through NCACSP:
• Facilities to handle agricultural chemicals
• Planting of critical areas
• Grassed waterways
• Fencing livestock out of streams
• Stream crossings
• Stabilizing stream banks
• Stock trails & heavy use protection areas
• Nutrient Management
• Watering Facilities
• Prescribed Grazing
• Agricultural Wells

Agricultural Water Resources Assistance Program (AgWRAP) AgWRAP was established by the NC General Assembly in 2011 to help farmers and landowners identify opportunities to increase water use efficiency, availability, and storage; Implement Best Management Practices to conserve and protect water resources; increase water use efficiency; and increase water storage and availability for agricultural purposes. AgWRAP is a financial assistance program designed to address water quantity. It is administered by the NC Division of Soil and Water Conservation. The Division gives final approval and processes requests for payment to cooperators participating in the program.

If you are a landowner or renter of an existing agricultural operation that has been operating for more than one year, you are eligible to participate in AgWRAP. You must not have an adjusted gross income of greater than $250,000 for the previous two calendar years and 75% of the adjusted gross income must be derived from farming, ranching, or forestry operations.

AgWRAP is successful because of the grassroots efforts of your local Soil and Water Conservation District. Your district works with agricultural landowners and producers to develop and approve individual conservation plans; identify the BMPs best suited to your particular operation; design BMPs and help ensure their longevity, acquire preliminary approval of a Cost Share contract through the local Soil & Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors.

The following BMP's are examples of approved management systems through AgWRAP:
• Agricultural Water Supply/Reuse Pond
• Agricultural Pond Repair/Retrofit
• Agricultural pond sediment removal
• Agricultural Water Collection and Reuse System
• Baseflow Interceptor
• Conservation Irrigation Conversion
• Micro-Irrigation System
• Water Supply Well

Contact

Soil and Water Conservation Office
100 Brendle Street
Bryson City, NC 28713

Contact:
Creeden Kowal
Director
Phone 828-488-2684, ext. 3106
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Shelby Cook
Education Coordinator
Phone 828-488-2684, ext. 3099
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Office Hours:
8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Monday - Friday