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

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


***Try using the District's easy-to-use SIGN-UP FORM (Excel file) from the comfort of your own home or office!! Just click on the form link, download the Excel spreadsheet to your computer, fill it in, hit save, attach it to an email to either Bill or Carmie (see email addresses above)  and hit send! One of us will respond to let you know it was received. If you do decide to send in your sign-up via email, please don't forget to fill in, sign and date the FY22 Contract Part 1 and email it in also along with your sign-up form.


You also have the option to print the sign-up and contract forms above and mail them into the District at ESSWCD, 22545 Center Parkway, Accomac, VA  23301 or Fax them in at (757)787-3769 or schedule an appointment with Bill or Carmie to sign-up in person (contact info listed above).


Please fill in correctly using multiple sheets if necessary, and be sure to submit to the District by August 18th!!

CLICK HERE to view cost share information on FY22 Best Management Practices (BMPs)

(practices, dates, rates, ​seed types, etc.)

  • NEW July 1, 2021:  annual participant cap- $150,000 per participant for new program year 

  • NEW July 1, 2021: extended planting dates for SL-8B and SL-8H Cover Crops

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.


 Several different Cover Crop BMP cost share options available!

     Cover Crop BMP  Sheets:

  • SL-8B Small Grain Cover Crop  

  • SL-8H Harvestable Cover Crop

  • SL-8 Protective Cover for Specialty Cropland

  • SL-8A Protective Cover for Agricultural Cropland

  • WQ-4 Legume Cover Crop


Cover Crop Cost Share Rates: The cost share rates for implementation of the cover crops above vary between practices along with planting dates and other requirements. CLICK HERE for a quick breakdown chart of FY22 bmp cost share payment rates and dates. 
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 tout 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.


Another Cost Share Opportunity for 2022 Program Year:  Beginning July 1, 2021, Eastern Shore SWCD will begin its second year of  participation in a Pilot Cost Share Program for Chesapeake Bay acres ONLY.  The Whole Farm Approach (WFA-1) Pilot Program gives producers the chance to bundle several BMPs under one contract. If you have a Resource Management Plan or are willing to develop one, this may be a program of interest for your Bayside acres.  Contact the District for more information.  Sign-up for this program will also run from July 14- August 18th for the first round of ranking. 


Winter Cover Crops

Cover crops prevent soil and wind erosion, reduce runoff and take up excess nitrogen that

otherwise would leach into groundwater. As biomass from crop residue accumulates, it improves

soil structure and tilth, while also improving moisture retention and drought resistance. SARE

(Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) published Cover Crop Economics report June

2019. CLICK HERE to learn how cover crops enhance soil health.


The above video was shot during a farm tour that was hosted by the Peter Francisco SWCD. It focuses on cover crop and nutrient management practices that were put in place with the help of funds from the Virginia Agricultural Cost Share Program.

Cover Crops Webinar Series

The following webinars are from the American Society of Agronomy: