Agricultural BMP Cost-Share (VACS) Program

“Conservation districts serve as the front line, the boots on the ground, when it comes to implementing agricultural best management practices,” said Dr. Kendall Tyree, Executive Director of the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. “Having the adequate resources to accomplish that task is critical to their success.”

Starting July 1, 2019, Virginia is offering record funding and greater flexibility with the Ag Cost-Share program.  Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District has greater funding available to assist farm operators to install Ag Best Management Practices.  Ag BMPs are known to improve or protect water quality while potentially increasing your farm’s productivity by conserving soil and making wise use of other agricultural resources.

As an owner of land in Loudoun County that may be devoted to farming, you may be eligible to receive funding to:

  • Install fences to protect a stream, wetland, spring, or pond from livestock access.
  • Install a water trough as an alternative to allowing livestock in a waterway
  • Maintain existing fences that protect a waterway from livestock
  • Convert cropland to pasture or hay land
  • Plant cover crops

Please contact our Conservation Specialists at (571) 918-4530 ext.#106 for Jay Frankenfield (jay.frankenfield@lswcd.org), Pat McIlvaine at ext.#104 (pat.mcilvaine@lswcd.org), or Chris Van Vlack at ext.#107 (chris.vanvlack@lswcd.org) to learn more about applying for this great program!

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