Allegany Soil Conservation District
12407 Naves Cross Road NE Phone: 240-609-3493
Cumberland, MD 21502 Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
The Wilbert R. Paul Conservation Building
One-Stop Source for Conservation Assistance
Each year the Allegany Soil Conservation District helps farmers secure thousands of dollars in financial assistance from a variety of state and federal programs to install best management practices on their farms.
The following is a listing of some of the financial resources available to Allegany County Farmers available over this web site. Please be sure you have a PDF reader installed on your computer to be able to view the files.
Maryland Agricultural Water Quality Cost-Share (MACS) Program (PDF)
Maryland's Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) (PDF)
Maryland Income Tax Subtraction Modification for Conservation Equipment (PDF)
USDA Environmental Quality Incentatives Program (PDF or link)
Great Plains No-Till Drill: $7 per acre ($50 minimum fee)
Wheatheart High & Heavy Hitter Post Pounder: $100 the first day followed by $50 for each consecutive day (cannot exceed more than 5 consecutive days)
NOTE: Equipment must be returned by 12:00 noon the following day to avoid additional fees.
To schedule, call ASCD Secretary, Mona Lee, at 240-609-3493 or email her at email@example.com
Click here to see Equipment Info
Whenever a bulldozer dislodges a mound of earth, a new highway paves over a forest, or a family farm is lost to development, our waterways are placed at increased risk for sediment and nutrient pollution. Since 1972 the Allegany Soil Conservation District has been responsible for reviewing and approving sediment and erosion control plans for construction projects in the county. These reviews are performed by urban planners in the soil conservation district who work cooperatively with local planning and zoning officials to ensure that proper safeguards are in place to minimize soil erosion and nutrient runoff.
Helping farmers balance agriculture production goals with the need to protect natural resources is an important function of the Allegany Soil Conservation District. The district works closely with Maryland Cooperative Extension and other agricultural and natural resource agencies to identify and develop farmer education programs and materials. Field days, farm tours, demonstration projects and workshops are some of the tools the district uses to keep Maryland farmers abreast of the latest research findings and technologies.
Each year the Allegany Soil Conservation District sponsors a number of programs aimed at educating tomorrow's leaders on the benefits of clean water, productive soil and a healty food supply. Soil judging contests, classroom visits, convervation camps and career workshops are some of the tools the district uses to instill a sense of stewardship in our youngsters. A highlight of the education program is the Envirothon, a field-oriented, problem solving natural resources competition for high school students. Designed by soil conservationists, naturalists, foresters, wildlife experts and other natural resource professionals, the Envirothon challenges students to move beyond the classroom in order to solve real-life environmental problems in a natural setting. Teams compete at the local, state and international levels.