Cost-share grants are available for many best management practices, including livestock crossings, fencing and watering systems.
The Maryland Department of Agriculture provides conservation grants and loans to help farmers offset the cost of installing best management practices (BMPs) on their farms to protect natural resources and comply with federal, state and local environmental requirements.
Agricultural Water Quality Cost-Share (MACS) Program provides farmers with
grants that cover up to 87.5 percent of the cost to install BMPs on their farms to control soil erosion, manage nutrients and safeguard
water quality in streams, rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. Approximately 30 BMPs
are currently eligible for funding. The Cover Crop Program provides
farmers with grants to plant small grains on their fields in the fall
to conserve nutrients, control soil erosion and protect water quality. The
Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)--a federal-state partnership program--pays landowners attractive
land rental rates to take environmentally sensitive cropland out of production
for 10 to 15 years and install conservation practices that protect water
quality and provide wildlife habitat. A Manure Transport Program and Matching Service is available to help animal producers transport excess manure off their farms. Farmers who purchase certain types of conservation equipment may qualify for a Maryland Income Tax Subtraction Modification on their state tax returns. To help farmers comply with Maryland's nutrient management regulations, cost-share grants for Manure Injection and Incorporation are offered in the spring and fall. Low
Interest Loans for Agricultural Conservation are offered through the LILAC
program to help supplement federal and state cost-share payments. MDA also offers grants for the development of Innovative Animal Waste Technologies. Click the program on the left sidebar menu or check out the PDF box for more information on these programs.