Board Meeting Details (change due to COVID-19)
The Piedmont Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Directors will meet Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 11:00 am in the conference room of the Prince Edward County Natural Resources and Agricultural Building located at 100 Dominion Drive, Farmville. The public is allowed to attend but must inform the office by Friday, October 23 so that appropriate social distancing measures can be arranged. Face coverings will be required upon entry in the building. Thank you
UPDATE COVID-19 Response: The Piedmont Soil & Water Conservation District is open normal operating hours of Monday-Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm. Because we are co-located with our federal partners and in response to government directives to keep everyone safe, our offices are currently closed to visitors. To reach us, please call our offices and if you leave a message, someone will return your call. Our office extensions are listed below. You can also reach us by email. Many of our office staff are teleworking but we are still able to assist you. Thank you for your patience during this crisis.
Our office number is (434) 392-3782 with appropriate extensions to follow:
*For Agricultural Cost Share Program questions, contact: Kevin Dunn, ext 116 firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlie Wootton, ext. 128 email@example.com
*For Septic Program assistance, general information, contact: Deanna Fehrer, ext. 108 firstname.lastname@example.org
*No-till drill rental Brendan Burke 804-704-5909 email@example.com
*For education programming and resources, contact: Kelly Atkinson, ext. 132 firstname.lastname@example.org
Our operating hours could be subject to change, so please check back often.
Thank you for your patience during this time.
Now Accepting Agriculture Cost-share Applications
The Piedmont Soil and Water Conservation District (PSWCD) is now accepting applications for the agricultural best management practices (BMPs) cost-share program. The cost-share program provides financial incentives, tax credits, and cost-share to agricultural producers who voluntarily install conservation practices on their farm to improve water quality. Agricultural best management practices (BMPs) are measures that farmers can take to not only improve soil and water quality but increase the productivity of their land or farming operation. Benefits include decreased erosion, increased soil organic matter, cleaner streams, and healthier animals.
New this program year are more options for livestock stream exclusion, including higher cost-share rates and a buffer payment, depending on buffer width (distance of fence from stream.) Livestock exclusion practices that are out of contractual lifespan may now be eligible for cost-share funding to re-enroll. There are also new practices to help with rotational grazing. Other available BMPs include: cover crops, which are planted following harvest and act as an anchor to prevent soil and nutrient runoff ; long term vegetative cover on cropland, in the form of cool-season or warm-season grasses to reduce soil erosion; and nutrient management, which allows a farmer to apply the correct amount of nutrients to a crop to maximize growth while saving on the cost of excess fertilizers that wash into local streams.
Piedmont SWCD serves Amelia, Nottoway, and Prince Edward Counties. To find out more information or to schedule an appointment for staff to make a visit to your farm, contact Charlie Wootton at 434-392-3782 ext. 128 or Kevin Dunn at 434-392-3782 ext. 116.
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Septic Financial Assistance Program
Get up to 50% off the cost of septic pump-outs, repairs, and replacements.
Virginia Conservation Assistance Program (VCAP)
Receive financial incentives to install landscaping features that help reduce stormwater runoff in your yard.