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Current Cost Share Programs


Lake Erie Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

Do you have a ditch or stream running through your farm that needs a filter strip? How about that one area that’s hard to farm because it’s always wet?  The Paulding Soil and Water Conservation District is ready to help you evaluate how your bottom line and Lake Erie’s water quality can benefit by signing up for this program.

 

CREP is a federal conservation partnership with the state of Ohio designed to address agriculture-related environmental concerns. Participants receive financial incentives from USDA and the state of Ohio to voluntarily enroll environmentally sensitive cropland or pastureland in contracts for a period of 15 years.  In return for annual rental payments and financial incentives, participants convert the land to native grasses, trees and other conservation vegetation. New for 2019 is the $200 bonus offered by the state of Ohio for all newly-enrolled filter strip and riparian area practices.  For current CREP participants with expiring contracts, re-enrolling and expanding the width of filter strips or riparian areas will earn you the bonus dollars on those new added acres all the while expanding the environmental protection of these practices.

 

Contact the Paulding SWCD Office at 419-399-4771 or by Email

 

CREP Factsheet

 

 

Applicable Lake Erie CREP Practices Listing

 

 


 

Ohio Working Land Buffers Cost Share Program 

The Ohio Department of Agriculture, in partnership with the Paulding Soil and Water Conservation District is providing funding for new assistance programs for farmers to help protect water quality in the western basin of Lake Erie. The Ohio Working Lands program will encourage producers to establish year-round vegetative cover on eligible crop land. The program will promote conversion, establishment and maintenance of forage/hay land on certain cropland acres.

 

Paulding SWCD office staff will assist landowners on putting together a plan for installing these buffers. Landowners will be eligible to receive up to $120/acre for a 5-year contract. The goal of the program is to reduce nutrients entering Ohio waterways to lessen harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. Funding is available to farmers installing conservation practices that benefit water quality in the Western Lake Erie Basin.

Program enrollment officially kicks off for Ohio farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin on June 15th. Farmers will be able to sign up for the program at their local soil and water conservation district. 

 

Ohio Working Lands Buffer Information Flyer

 

For more information please contact the Paulding Soil and Water Conservation District

 

Phone: 419-399-4771

Email: paulding@pauldingswcd.org

 


Ohio Working Land Small Grains Cost Share Program

The Ohio Working Lands Small Grains Program is a voluntary program that will encourage producers in the Western Lake Erie Basin to plant small grains such as wheat, barley, oats, or cereal rye on eligible cropland. As the “working lands” name implies, participants must plant and harvest small grains, land apply manure, and plant a cover crop to receive a cost-share payment to help offset operating costs. The program benefits the planting of small grains not only for the conservation benefits, but to provide livestock producers with a longer application window to land apply manure and nutrients.

The Ohio Working Lands Small Grains Program will fall under the umbrella of the Ohio Working Lands Program. Local soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs) will manage the program sign-up, verification of eligibility, and crop establishment. Soil tests and records of manure analysis and application will be required to be submitted to the SWCD as well.

Producers interested in the program should contact Paulding SWCD to learn how to sign up. 

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