Cost Share Programs

Maryland Agricultural Cost Share (MACS)

grassed waterwayMACS is a cost share program through    the state of Maryland that that covers up  to 87.5% of the cost of conservation  projects known as best management practices (BMPs) to prevent erosion, manage nutrients and improve water quality   in streams, rivers, and the Chesapeake  Bay.   For more information about MACS    click here



MACS Conservation Practices

Conservation CoverGrassed WaterwayStream Crossing
Contour FarmingHeavy Use Area ProtectionStrip Cropping, Contour/Field
Contour OrchardLined Waterway/OutletStructure for Water Control
Critical Area PlantingPasture ManagementTerrace System
Dead Bird Composting FacilityRiparian Forest BufferWaste Storage Structure
DiversionRiparian Herbaceous BufferWaste Treatment Lagoon
FencingRoof Runoff StructureWaste Treatment Strip
Field BorderSediment BasinWater Well
Filter StripSediment Control PondWatering Facility
Grade Stabilization StructureSpring DevelopmentWetland Restoration for Water Quality

Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP):

Both of these federal programs through Farm Service Agency (FSAMVC-009S) offer financial incentives for farmers to remove environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production, and plant species that prevent erosion and runoff, and promote diversity of wildlife such as mixes of warm or cool season grasses.  CRP gives up to 50% cost share for putting practices into place, and pays rent on certain practices. CREP can only be applied to areas within 1000 feet of water, and can give up to 50-87.5% of cost share in addition to paying rent on certain practices. For more information about CRP and CREP click here

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP):

pondEQIP is a federal program to provide financial and technical assistance for conservation practices to improve water surface and ground water quality, increase wildlife habitat, and decrease erosion and runoff. EQIP also includes programs for energy conservation, improving air quality, and reducing use of pesticides.For more information about EQIP  click here

Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

CSP is a federal program for farmers who already maintain a high level of conservation on their lands, and want to adopt higher levels of stewardship. Projects include ways to improve conservation, soil health,  and energy efficiency. Funding can be used for projects such as cover crop mixes, monitoring pasture health, precision nutrient application, and many more. To learn more about CSP click here

Erosion and Sediment Control and Storm Water Management

KSWCD reviews all plans with over 5,000 square feet of disturbance in Kent County and all its incorporated towns. Certain exceptions apply for NRCS agricultural best management practices. To learn more, go to the Kent County planning and zoning website Click here

Rates for standard sediment & erosion control review

Less than 5,000 sq. ft.$25.00
5,001 to 20,000 sq. ft.$100.00
Logging Permit$100.00

Stormwater Managment Review Fees

Stormwater Quanity Waiver/Exemption$50.00
Standard Stormwater Management Plan (less than 20,000 sq. ft.)$50.00
Formal Plan for Major Subdivision$250.00
Formal Plan for Minor Subdivision$50.00/ac.

Cover Crop

Cover crops are grains (or sometimes legumes or brassicas) that are planted after harvesting the fall crop to protect soil health and water quality during the winter. There is cost share available for planting cover crops through Maryland Department of Agriculture. Sign up for prospective plantings begin in June. Farmers can plant and get paid as late as early November. Once they have finished planting, they can come in to certify what they actually planted. In the spring producer kill down their cover crop. Cover crop can pay up to $75 depending on species planted and dates. Earlier plantings have payment incentives, and provide increased soil health benefits. Cover crops can be planted by aerial, no-till, conventional, turbo-till, and several other methods. They must follow corn, soybeans, sorghum, tobacco or vegetables. There is a 5 acre minimum, but no maximum.

Eligible crop species include: Cereal grains (wheat, rye, barley, triticale, spring oats, ryegrass, and canola), Forage Radish, Legumes (crimson clover, Austrian winter peas, hairy vetch). Legumes must be planted as part of a mix with cereal grains. Up to 3 species can be mixed with at least 50% being a small grain.

Payments: Base pay is $45/acre. Additional $10-20/acre if before Oct 1, $5-10 by Oct 15. Rye incentive (no mixes) is $10. Aerial incentive is $5.

Manure Transport/Injection

In cases where all the manure cannot be used on the farm where it is produced, Maryland Department of Agriculture has a program for transporting manure. Also to prevent loss of nutrients, they cost share for manure injection. Apply in late summer or late winter for the fall or spring manure transport or injection. Call ahead to make sure that one of our certified manure transport staff is there to help.

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