Charles Soil Conservation District

Charles SCD Farm: 4200 Gardiner Road,
 Waldorf, MD 20601
Phone: (301) 638-3028

Federal and State Conservation Programs Available for Cost-Share

MACS, Maryland Agricultural Water Quality Cost-Share Program has helped farmers protect natural resources on their farms, maintain farm productivity, and comply with a growing number of federal and state environmental requirements. The MACS program can cover up to 87.5 percent of the cost to install best management practices (BMPs) to control soil erosion, manage nutrients, and safeguard water quality in streams, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay. Cover crops planted after the fall harvest to soak up unused fertilizers, streamside buffers of grasses and trees planted to protect waterways from sedimentation and agricultural runoff, and animal waste systems designed to help farmers collect and use manure resources are among 30 BMPs currently eligible for funding.

2017-2018 Winter Cover Crop Program

Open enrollment runs June 21 through July 17th. 
Please see reminders below for the program(s) for which you have been approved.

Cover Crop Program


*WHAT'S NEW FOR 2017-2018

Farmers receive up to $75/acre to plant traditional cover crops this fall

Payment for harvested cover crops is NOT being offered this year

Cover crop mixes containing up to three species are now eligible for grants

Legume mixes qualify for early planting incentives

The aerial planting deadline has been extended to October 7

Traditional Cover Crop Sign Up Reminders:

•  Last day to plant cover crop at maximum payment rate/acre is Octover 1, 2017; Last day to report to Charles SCD office is October 6, 2017.

•  Last day to plant cover crop for mid-range payment rate/acre is Octover 15, 2017; Last day to report to Charles SCD office is October 20, 2017.

•  Last day to plant cover crop for base payment rate/acres is November 5, 2017;  Last day to report to Charles SCD office is November 13, 2017.

•  All seed test results or seed tags must be turned in to receive payment.

•  Please visit FSA prior to coming in for official FSA aerial maps of your planting location(s).

•  If you can't come into our office, please call us at (301) 638-3028

•  All payments will be made in Spring 2018.

Cover Crop Spring Certification Reminders:

�  First day to kill down is March 1, 2017

•  Within two weeks of kill down or suppression report to Charles SCD; last day to report to Charles SCD office is June 2, 2017.

Annual Implementation Report (AIR) must be submitted to MDA Nutrient Management Program by time of Spring Certification.

Federal Conservation Programs Available for Cost-Share

EQIP - Environmental Quality Incentives Program provides cost-share assistance to produceers for installing and maintaining conservation practices that enhance soil, water, and related natural resources, while sustaining production of food and fiber. With cost-share assistance through EQIP, producers make beneficial, cost effective changes to cropping systems, grazing management systems, waste management systems associated with livestock, and other practices on agricultural land.

WHIP - Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program is a voluntary program for people who want to develop and improve wildlife habitat primarily on private land. Through WHIP, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service provides both technical and cost-share assistance to establish and improve wildlife habitat. WHIP agreements between NRCS and the participant, generally last from 5 - 10 years from the date the agreement is signed.

AMA - Agricultural Management Assistance provides cost-share assistance to agricultural producers to voluntarily address issues such as water management, water quality, and erosion control by incorporation conservation into their farming operations. Producers may construct or improve water management or irrigation structures; plant trees for windbreaks or to improve water quality; and mitigate risk through production diversification or resource conservation practices, including soil erosion control, integrated pest management, or transition to organic farming.

CRP - Conservation Reserve Program provides technical and financial assistance to eligible landowners to address soil, water, and related natural resource concerns on their land in the environmentally beneficial and cost-effective manner. CRP engourages landowners to convert highly erodible cropland and other environmentally sensitive areas to permanent cover, such as introduced or native grasses, trees, filter strips, riparian forest buffers, wetlands, and shallow water habitats.

WRP - Wetlands Resserve Program is a vountary porogram to restore and protect welands on private property. It is an oppertunity for landowners to enhance wetlands in exchange for retiring marginal agricultural land.

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