Conservation Programs

Best Management Practices are techniques that balance ecology and technology to create a farm that is successful, while minimizing the environmental costs.  Typical best management practices try to reduce soil loss, improve water quality, promote biodiversity or keep our air clean.  Many of them have benefits closer to home--they can increase production of our profits and reduce the costs of farming. 

Applying For Programs
For technical assistance with installing practices, or application assistance for cost-share or incentive programs, please contact the Calvert Soil Conservation District and ask to speak to a Conservation Farm Planner. To get the e-mail of the current farm planner please see our Staff page.
 
Some Best Management Practices have initial costs for equipment and/or installation.  Calvert Soil Conservation District helps by providing application assistance with cost-share/incentive programs for farmers and cooperators.
  • Cost-Share Programs
  • Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) & Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)
  • Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
  • Maryland Agricultural Water Quality Cost-Share Program (MACS)
  • Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP)--Money is now available
  • Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Program
  • Conservation Security Program (CSP)--Funds will be available in the future
  • Best Management Practices