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Soil health funding targets Eastern Shore farmsSoil health funding targets Eastern Shore farms

Apply by March 20 to receive health soils grants through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program.

March 4, 2020

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CONSERVATION FUNDING: Farmers in four Maryland’s Eastern Shore counties have until March 20 to apply for funding to deploy conservation practices on the farm. The funding comes from the Regional Conservation Partnership Program.

Farmers in Caroline, Kent, Talbot and Queen Anne’s counties in Maryland’s Eastern Shore who are interested in obtaining financial and technical support to establish healthy soil practices on their farms have until March 20 to apply for assistance through their local soil conservation district offices.

This funding opportunity is made possible by a federal grant secured by the Maryland Department of Agriculture to support the installation of healthy soil practices that allow farmers to gain experience using the latest technological advances.

In 2018, the department received a five-year, $1 million Regional Conservation Partnership Program grant from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Conservation practices eligible for funding and technical assistance include the following:

  • Adaptive management

  • Multispecies cover crops

  • Conservation crop rotations

  • Variable-rate technology for applying nutrients

  • Residual and tillage management

  • Precision nutrient management

  • Edge-of-field tools to identify and reduce agricultural sources of excess nutrients

  • Composting

  • Forage and biomass plantings

  • Other practices that support and enhance soil health

To learn more about Conservation Partnership Program projects in Maryland, farmers should visit Maryland NRCS’s website. For more information about Maryland’s healthy soil initiatives, contact the department’s Office of Resource Conservation at 410-841-5865 or visit their website.

Source: Maryland Department of Agriculture, which is solely responsible for the information provided and is wholly owned by the source. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.

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