FY21 Sign-up Period: July 15- August 17, 2020 for 1st ranking period
CLICK HERE for Best Management Practice (BMPs) information for FY21
(practices, dates, rates, seed types, etc.)
Due to COVID-19 precautions, please contact District staff to schedule an appointment to apply:
Carmie Savage, District Manager, (757) 302--4431 or or
Bill Savage, Conservation Specialist, (757) 302-4437 or
May also print SIGN-UP FORM (pdf) or SIGN-UP FORM (Excel). Please fill in correctly using multiple sheets if necessary, sign, date and submit to District by the August 17th deadline via an email listed above or in-person by appointment or via USPS.
Annual participant cap remains at $100,000 per participant for FY21
Current Nutrient Management Plan is required. Cost Share available Sign-up during this sign-up period!
Several different Cover Crop options available for FY21!
Quick Glance Cover Crop Practice Fact Sheets:
SL-8B Small Grain Cover Crop
SL-8H Harvestable Cover Crop
SL-8 Protective Cover for Specialty Cropland
NEW Practice 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 FY21 cover crop cost share payment rates and dates. CLICK HERE for more detailed information and the specifics of each available cover crop BMP.
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 the total eligible cost not to exceed $17,500.00
NEW Cost Share Opportunity for 2020-21 Program Year: The Eastern Shore SWCD is participating 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. Contact the District for more information. Sign-up for this program will also run from July 15- August 17th for the first round of ranking.
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: