Apply Now For FY 24 Conservation Assistance
NRCS is committed to helping farmers with financial and technical resources to plan and implement sustainable conservation practices through programs such as EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentive Program) and AMA (Agricultural Management Assistance). Using conservation practices can lead to healthier soils and cleaner water and air.
Some of the conservation practices NRCS cost-share include but are not limited to:
Cover Crops Grazing Riparian Buffers
Pollinator Habitat High Tunnels Conservation Crop Rotation
HUA Pads Nutrient Management Irrigation Practices
Stop by the Allegany Soil Conservation District at 12407 Naves Cross Road NE, Cumberland and ask about which practice fits your operation best. A member of our staff will complete a Conservation Plan if you don't already have one. The Conservation Plan will tell what areas need to be addressed with either new structures and/or different management practices. Then you can apply for funding and get your conservation practice under way!
Currently, and over the next 3 years, funding from the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) will increase by 45 million dollars for the State of Maryland! If you have a conservation project you want to complete, now is the time.
Any IRA funds not used for voluntary conservation practices could be transferred to regulatory agencies like the EPA to address issues.