Services Offered

Sign up for the 2015 NC Ag Cost Share Program is Now Open
Landowners have the opportunity throughout the year to apply for
cost share assistance under the NC Agriculture Cost Share Program (NCACSP). The program is designed to assist landowners and operators of existing agricultural operations to install best management practices which will help decrease the amount of sediment, nitrogen, phosphorus, chemicals, animal wastes, and other pollutants into the surface and ground waters of our county and state.

The statewide program is funded through the NC Soil and Water Conservation Commission and is administered by the Pitt Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). Technical over site is provided by district staff and the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service staff to ensure all practices meet technical standards before payment is processed.

Pitt SWCD expects to receive an allocation in the fall for non-point source pollution control from agricultural activities. Applications will be accepted at the Pitt Soil & Water Conservation District office at the Pitt County Agricultural Center. Interested individuals may come into the office and sign a request for assistance. Applications will be processed on approved conservation practices only. Approved practices are defined, on an approved, prioritized list that is set by the Pitt SWCD. Request for assistance will be approved and allocated on a fund availability basis.

If you wish to apply for funds or need additional information and assistance, please contact the Pitt SWCD/NRCS Office in Greenville at 252-752-2720 Ext 3. A technician will be glad to schedule an appointment to visit your farm to discuss the conservation needs on your farm.




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Community Conservation Assistance Program

The Community Conservation Assistance Program (CCAP) supports the installation of water quality best management practices on non-agricultural lands. This program is an innovative approach to controlling water quality impacts caused by stormwater runoff. The CCAP is intended to operate under the same guidance and accoutnability as the NC Agriculture Cost Share Program and achieve the same successes. CCAP will focus its efforts on retrofitting stormwater BMP's on property that has been developed at least three years. The CCAP program is to encourage governments, individual landowners, and buisnesses to incorporate stormwater BMP's within their landscape to aid in the improvement of water quality. The economic incentive is up to 75% of the average cost of installation. If you are interested in the CCAP program please contact our office.

CCAP BMP's Include:  Abandoned Well Closures, Impervious Surface Conversion, Permeable Pavement, Grassed Swale, Critical Area Planting, Bioretention Areas, Backyard Rain Gardens, Stormwater Wetlands, Backyard Wetlands, Diversion, Riparian Buffer, Streambank Protection and Restoration, Cisterns, and Pet Waste Receptacles.
 

 
 
 

 

 Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)

CREP (Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program) is a program offering incentives for buffering perennial drainageways with trees. Incentives include an annual rental rate (~$100 peacre 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 areinterested in this program please contact our NRCS office at 252-752-2720 ext 3. 
 
 
 
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Nutrient Management Plans
                                                                        
A Nutrient Management Plan is a tool to help define the nutrient needs of crops, and how best to provide the amount, sources, placement and timing of those applications to maximize nutrient uptake of the crop, and improve yields. Implementation of nutrient management plans should protect the environment, maintain crop productivity, and increase profitability. Our office has a certified Nutrient Management Planner that writes plans for our local farmers to help aid in proper nutrient management. If you are interested in the Soil and Water Office Nutrient Management Services, please contact us at 252-752-2720 ext 3.

Drainage Solutions

The staff of the Pitt Soil and Water Conservation District assists the Pitt County agricultural community with drainage problems that occur in agricultural areas. Drainage maintenance and improvements are needed periodically for both surface drainage as well as subsurface drainage. We have historical maps housed in our department which show the location of the many systems that have been installed since the early 1950’s. 

 
 

N.C. Agriculture 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 email us or call 252-752-2720 ext 3. 
 
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