Carmie Savage, District Manager, (757) 302-4431 / carmie.savage@esswcd.org or 

Bill Savage, Conservation Specialist, (757) 302-4437 / bill.savage@esswcd.org



A Nutrient Management Plan must be prepared and certified by a

Virginia certified Nutrient Management Planner; and must be on file with

the District before any cost-share payment is made to the participant.


Cost Share funding for Nutrient Management Planning is available.

Please sign-up during the cost share period listed above.

***Try using the District's easy-to-use SIGN-UP FORM (Excel file) to take your time and sign-up using your

own computer and then email it to one of the staff members listed above or fill it in then print it out and mail or deliver in person if not comfortable emailing it in or print out the form and fill it in by hand then drop it off.   

Please fill in correctly using multiple sheets if necessary, sign, date and submit to District by the August 18th deadline via an email listed above or in-person by appointment or via USPS at

ESSWCD, 22545 Center Parkway, Accomac, VA  23301

NM-4 Late Winter Split Application of Nitrogen on Small Grains: 

(Click on NM-4 link above to read program specifications)

  • Late winter split application of N on small grain consists of applying N during the later winter in two increments. The first winter application should not exceed 40 lbs of N and no earlier than growth stage 25. The second application should not exceed 50 lbs of N as listed in the nutrient management plan.  The two applications must be at least 30 days apart. 

  • On fields that have organic sources of N applied during the crop year or in previous years, or if high residual N is suspected from previous crop, fall nitrates should be determined by a pre-sidedress nitrate test (PSNT). If a PSNT is taken and the results show more N is needed than the nutrient management plan recommends, the grower should follow the recommendations as a result of the PSNT. Cost share for PSNT sample collection and analysis by a commercial lab is available as a reimbursement at a flat rate.

  • A cost share payment of 75% of the application change up to a max of $4.50 per acre is available for the second winter application.  The NM-4 Application Record Keeping Form (Excel File) must be filled in to track the applications and must be submitted to the District within two weeks of the application.  If contracted out, the producer must provide a copy of the invoice or bill. PSNT results must be provided (if PSNT samples were taken).


VA Tax Credits: As set forth by VA Code 58.1-339.3 and 58.1-439.5, VA currently provides a tax credit for implementation of certain BMP practices.  The current tax credit rate, which is subject to change in accordance with the Code of VA, is 25% of out of pocket expenses not to exceed $25,000.00. For those BMPs on tracts that have a Resource Management Plan, the tax credit  is 50% of the out of pocket expenses not to exceed $50,000.00.