Conservation Programs

Plans are written to promote natural resources conservation and agricultural productivity. Plans can be written for grain, fruit, vegetable, livestock, horse, oyster and nursery operations. Conservation plans also fulfill requirements for agricultural preservation programs and are required by the various cost share programs.

Best Management Practices (BMPs) are techniques that balance ecology and technology to create a farm that is successful, while minimizing the environmental costs. Typical BMPs aim to reduce soil loss, improve water quality, promote biodiversity and keep our air clean. Locally, 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 financial assistance programs, please contact Calvert Soil Conservation District and ask to speak to a Conservation Farm Planner. 

Programs Available

Cost-share or financial assistance programs:

Technical Assistance

Technical assistance provides help with improving the quality of natural resources for agricultural properties in a scientific manner. We help to survey, design and inspect the installation of Best Management Practices (BMPs) and management systems to address concerns including erosion, soil health, water quality, wildlife habitat, grazing, invasive species and waste storage.

Financial Assistance

Programs exist to help offset the costs associated with implementing BMPs, which may include fencing, livestock heavy use areas, water troughs, cover crops, pollinator planting, grassed waterways and more. All programs require an application, eligibility determination, and a current Conservation Plan.

Nutrient Management

Participants of Maryland Agriculture Cost Share (MACS) program must certify that the agricultural operation associated with the cost-share practice(s) is following a current Nutrient Management Plan to the extent required by COMAR 15.20.07. This form must be submitted to the local Soil Conservation District office when applying to the MACS Program.

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