The Virginia Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) Cost Share Program helps to implement conservation practices that protect water quality. The basis of the program is to encourage the VOLUNTARY installation of agricultural BMPs to meet Virginia’s non-point source pollution water quality objectives.
The cost share program supports numerous practices in conservation planning to treat animal waste, cropland, pastureland and forestland. Some are paid at a straight per acre rate while others are cost-shared on a percentage basis up to 75%. The program’s practices often can be funded by a combination of state and federal funds, significantly reducing the landowner’s expense of implementing BMPs. Cost share funds are also available for approved innovative BMP demonstration projects intended to improve water quality.
All practices are designed to improve or protect water quality. Many will also increase farm productivity by conserving soil and making wise use of other farm resources.
To visit Virginia DCR’s Agricultural BMP page, click here.