Cost Share Programs - Agriculture Cost Share Program (ACSP)
The major cause of water quality problems in North Carolina and in much of
the United States is nonpoint source pollution. In many places, damage to our
water resources comes from soil erosion, excessive fertilizer use, animal waste
contamination, and improper use of agricultural chemicals.The North Carolina
Agriculture Cost Share Program helps address nonpoint pollution by providing
technical and financial resources.
Who is Eligible?
If you are a landowner or renter of an existing agricultural operation that
has been operating for more than three years, you are eligible to participate in
the North Carolina Agriculture Cost Share Program.
The North Carolina Agriculture Cost Share Program is successful because of
the grassroots efforts of your local soil and water conservation district. Your
district works with agricultural landowners and renters to:
- Develop and approve individual conservation plans
- Identify the best management practices (BMPs) best suited for your
- Design BMPs and help ensure their longevity
- Acquire preliminary approval of a Cost Share contract
The division provides administrative and technical
assistance to districts. The division gives final approval to cost share
contracts and processes requests for payments to farmers participating in the
How does the program work?
Submit an application to your local soil and water conservation district. The
applications are ranked based on resource concerns identified in the county.
Applicants can be reimbursed up to 75 percent of a predetermined average cost
for each BMP installed. The applicant is responsible for 25 percent of the
costs. This may include the use of existing material and labor.
There are some cost share and acreage restrictions depending on the BMPs
used, the type of operation involved, or policy set by the local soil and water
conservation district or the N.C. Soil and Water Conservation Commission. Cost
share incentive payments are also available to encourage the use of certain
agronomic management practices.
NCDA&CS Division of Soil & Water Conservation, Pat Harris, Director
Mailing Address: 1614 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1614
Physical Address: 512 North Salisbury Street, Raleigh North Carolina 27604
Phone: 919.733.2302; FAX: 919.715.3559