FY22 Sign-up Period: July 14- August 18, 2021 for the 1st ranking period


Please contact District Staff to schedule an appointment to sign-up by August 18th

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

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



Cost Share for Nutrient Management Planning is available.

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



     Specifications of Nutrient Management Planning Cost Share:

  • NM-1A Nutrient Management Plan Writing and Revisions

You also have the option to assign the cost share payment for writing or revising the nutrient management plan to the VA Certified Nutrient Management Planner by filling in, signing and dating the Authorization Form.


Nutrient Management Planning involves matching soil inputs with crop needs. The practice can make farming operations more efficient and improve growing conditions by ensuring crops don’t receive more fertilizer than they need.  It can also benefit water quality by reducing amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment pollution that run off into local waterways when it rains.
Nutrient management plans are developed by plan writers who are trained and certified by DCR, the commonwealth’s lead agency for agricultural conservation.  The plans are site-specific and based on factors such as soil and manure samples, timing and rate of applications, and yield records. The plans improve and protect water quality using best management practices such as timing, rate and placement of fertilizer, manure and biosolids for agricultural and urban purposes.

Nutrient management plans are a voluntary best management practice for most farms in Virginia. The Nutrient Management Program addresses nutrient applications to both urban landscapes and agricultural operations in nutrient management plans. Nutrients found in fertilizers, manure, biosolids and other nutrient sources are managed in ways that protect groundwater and surface water from excessive nutrient enrichment.
Check out this brochure about nutrient management on small farms