The purpose of this practice is to establish field borders adjacaent to early succession wildlife habitat, in order to ease field transitions to other land uses. Borders must be a minimum of 35' to a maximum 120' wide. Currently only available in the six target SWCD areas.
All individuals and business entities operating agricultural land within the boundaries of the Commonwealth of Virginia are eligible to participate in the Virginia Agricultural Best Management Practices Cost-Share Program. Applicants shall self certify that they meet the above criteria. Soil & Water Conservation Districts may request that applicants provide proof of agricultural production. To be considered an agricultural producer there must be an annual minimum of $1,000 of agricultural products being produced, sold or both from the applicant's agricultural land (non-industrial private forest lands are exempt from the $1,000 requirement).
Fields in row or small grain crop production two of the past five years are eligible, regardless of their HEL (Highly Erodible Lands) status. Hay fields are eligible if fescue is eradicated and if land is adjacent to another suitable land use.
Minimum of five years
Incentive payment of $50/acre/year or $250/acre for the five year life span of the practice. An additional $75/acre for the five year life span will be paid to applicants that incorporate shrubs as listed below, making the rate $325/acre as a lump sum.
Practice not eligible for state cost-share funding
Legacy Program Information:
Land may be re-enrolled given it is burned or disked prior to receiving payment for the second contract.
Sign-up happens on a continuous basis. Contact the program administrator for more information.
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