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MEET YOUR AGRICULTURAL AND CONSERVATION PROFESSIONALS

NEW TO FARMING?  SMALL FARMING OPERATION?  HAVE PROPERTY IN AMELIA, NOTTOWAY OR PRINCE EDWARD COUNTIES?

Join the Piedmont Soil & Water Conservation District for breakfast on Thursday, June 2, 2022 at the Prince Edward County Natural Resources and Agriculture building located at 100B Dominion Drive, Farmville (across from Lowes).  Representatives from the District, Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Services, Virginia Cooperative Extension, VA Department of Forestry, VA Department of Wildlife Resources and VA State University Small Farm Program will provide information about agricultural and landowner assistance programs.  Attendees will have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with these professionals. There is no charge for the event, but to reserve your spot, please register by Tuesday, May 31.  To register or for more information contact Charlie Wootton at (434) 392-3782 ext 128 or cwootton@piedmontswcd.orgThe program will begin at 7:30am and end by 8:30am.  Thank you!

Board Meeting Details:

The Piedmont Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Directors will meet the 4th Tuesday, of each month 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 the Friday before so that appropriate social distancing measures can be arranged. Thank you

Hours of Operation:

The Piedmont Soil & Water Conservation District is open normal operating hours of Monday-Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm.

Contact Information:

Our office number is (434) 392-3782 with appropriate extensions to follow:

*Agricultural Cost Share Program contact:

Kevin Dunn, ext. 116 kdunn@piedmontswcd.org

Charlie Wootton, ext. 128 cwootton@piedmontswcd.org

Ty Smith ext. 131 tsmith@piedmontswcd.org

*Septic Program assistance, general information, contact:

Deanna Fehrer, ext. 108 dfehrer@piedmontswcd.org

*No-till drill rental, contact:

Chuck Fore at (434) 390-0448

*Education Programming and Resources, contact:

Kelly Atkinson, ext. 132 katkinson@piedmontswcd.org

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.

Click here for the cost-share brochure!

Click the photos below to find out more information!

Septic Tank

Septic Financial Assistance Program

Get up to 50% off the cost of septic pump-outs, repairs, and replacements.

rain garden

Virginia Conservation Assistance Program (VCAP)

Receive financial incentives to install landscaping features that help reduce stormwater runoff in your yard.

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