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NC Agriculture Cost Share Program

The new program year begins on July 1st. Applications are taken throughout the year.

A major cause of water quality problems in North Carolina and in the US is "nonpoint source" pollution. In many places across our state, damage to our water resources comes from soil erosion, excessive fertilizer use, animal waste contamination, and improper use of agricultural chemicals.

The North Carolina Cost Share Program was established in 1984 to help reduce the sources of agricultural non-point pollution to N.C. waters. This program helps landowners or renters of existing agricultural operations improve their on-farm management by using Best Management Practices, also called BMP's. These BMP's or management systems can make farmers more productive while reducing the potential for polluting surface and groundwater.

The great part about the Cost Share Program is that participants can be reimbursed up to 75% of a predetermined average cost for each BMP installed. 25% of the costs are the responsibility of the farmer. The farmer's costs may include the use of existing material and labor.

The following BMP's are examples that have been approved for the program.

  • Facilities to handle agricultural chemicals
  • Water control structures
  • Terraces and diversions
  • Strip Cropping
  • Stabilizing steam banks (with NC WRP)
  • Stream crossings
  • Stock trails & heavy use protection areas
  • Sod-based rotation
  • Sediment control structures
  • Nutrient management
  • No-till cropping system
  • Planting of critical areas
  • Field borders, filter strips and buffers along streams
  • Grade-control structures
  • Grassed waterways
  • Fencing livestock out of streams

Visit the NC Agriculture Cost Share Program website from the NC Department of Environment & Natural Resources.

NRCS Conservation Program

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture provides technical assistance to the Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) in order to help the District implement its conservation program.

The NRCS was formed as the Soil Erosion Service in the early 1930s after the "dustbowl" era in which millions of tons of topsoil was blown or eroded away in the Midwest and Southwest portions of the country.

The Soil Erosion Service soon became the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), but its charge was the same - to save invaluable topsoil in order for agricultural land to remain as productive as possible and to provide technical assistance to farmers to solve soil erosion problems.

Now, since becoming the NRCS in 1983, the agency has expanded its focus on natural resource problems to include not only soil erosion but also water quality, wetlands, wildlife habitat, and forestry - all while maintaining the personal technical assistance to producers that helped found the agency.

USDA NRCS home page

USDA NRCS NC home page

USDA-NRCS Conservation Programs

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Call our office for more information.

Contact Us

Charlie Rose Agri-Expo Center
301 East Mountain Drive
Suite 229
Fayetteville, NC 28306-3422

Phone:  910-484-8479 ext. 3

Program Officer: Donna Foster
Soil and Water Conservationist 

Mitchell B. Miller 

NRCS Name: Fayetteville Field Office
NRCS Area: 3