Farm/Ag Cost Share Program
Our Farm Cost Share Program provides financial assistance to landowners for site improvements, based on the goals and objectives identified in a certified farm plan or individual stewardship plan. When funding is available, the Conservation District is able to financially support the implementation of farm best management practices that enhance and protect natural resources.
Who is Eligible?
Landowners and land managers of San Juan County who maintain livestock or agricultural production on their land for commercial, recreational, or personal use- and are involved in the farm planning process with SJICD- are eligible for cost share assistance for eligible Best Management Practices.
Cost share project approval is subject to availability of funds and prioritization as determined by SJICD.
Once a project has been approved and established in compliance with the conservation plan and with appropriate standards and specifications, the project may be reimbursed for up to 75% of project costs. Maximum cost share award to cooperators is $50,000 for all projects per fiscal year, between the cooperator and SJICD.
How do I Apply?
For any questions or to apply, please contact Laura Pitts, Natural Resource Project Manager: email@example.com or call at (360) 378-6621.
Other Funding Resources
Other funding sources are available through the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS-WA) and include:
- EQIP (Environmental Qualities Incentive Program)
EQIP is the "fix it" program. Infrastructure, planting projects, and management practices are eligible to compete for funding so long as they address a natural resource concern. On this page, you will find a list of existing initiatives & fund pools, available practices, and general information about the program.
- CSP (Conservation Stewardship Program)
CSP is the "enhance it" program which incentivizes continuing stewardship and enhancement of natural resources. This program rewards you with an annual payment for existing management activities and pays for additional enhancement activities to be completed. See eligibility information on this webpage.
- ACEP (Agricultural Conservation Easement Program)
This program creates easements for agricultural lands and wetlands.
- CIG (Conservation Innovation Grants)
CIG is a competitive program that supports the development of new tools, approaches, practices, and technologies to further natural resource conservation on private lands.
To learn more about NRCS programs, contact local NRCS Resource Conservationist Robin Buckingham at Robin.Buckingham@usda.gov.
The above before and after pictures portray what is possible through our planning and cost-share programs. This manure storage and composting infrastructure prevents runoff and watershed pollution caused by agricultural activity. In addition, it improves the composting process of manures, providing the ability to reuse resources on-site, reduce fertilizer costs, and enhance soil health.