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NC Ag Cost Share Program

Non-point source pollution has been identified by the NC Division of Water Quality as the primary source of degradation of freshwater rivers and streams in North Carolina. The approach taken in North Carolina for addressing this pollution problem is by encouraging voluntary participation from the agriculture community to install Best Management Practices on their farms to reduce the amount of non-point pollution that leaves the site. The BMP's are supported with financial incentives, technical and educational assistance, research, and regulatory programs. The Cost Share Program is a reimbursement program that pays up to 75 % of the average cost for the installed BMP's while the farmer/landowner pays the remaining cost. Our cost share practices include vegetated field borders, grassed waterways, irrigation systems, conservation tillage, cropland conversion, poultry incinerators, water control structures, and much more. If you are interested in this program or would like a list of the Best Management Practices our program covers, please contact us.

Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is a program offering incentives for buffering perennial drainageways with trees. Incentives include an annual rental rate (~$100 per acre for up to fifteen years) and cost share to assist with planting the trees. The trees serve to buffer (filter) nutrients from the subsurface water moving towards the perennial drainageway. Eligible areas can be enrolled for ten years, fifteen years, thirty years or permanently. Acreage enrolled with a thirty-year or permanent easement also includes a bonus payment. If you are interested in this program please contact our office.

Coastal Envirothon

The Envirothon program is an effective educational too, capable of supplementing environmental education both inside and outside the classroom.  Led by a volunteer advisor, teams usually meet from late autumn until spring.  Teams work collaboratively to develop their knowledge of ecology and natural resource management and to practice their enviromental problem-solving skills in preparation for Envirothon competition.

Resource Conservation Workshop

The RCW is a week long intensive study and hands-on conservation workshop requiring

student application and participation in a wide range of conservation topics. Students are

housed in NCSU campus dormitories under the guidance of live-in counselors. In order to

achieve success, students should come prepared to apply themselves to meet the primary

objective of this workshop - learning about natural resources and their management in

today's environment. Awards and scholarships are won and presented to students under

several awards programs.