Cost Share Programs
The Office of Agricultural Water Policy works with multiple partners, including USDA-NRCS, DEP, Water Management Districts, and Soil and Water Conservation Districts to provide funds that assist farmers in implementing Best Management Practices. For more information on currently available FDACS cost share, please download this list of programs and contacts
The Facilitating Agricultural Resource Management Systems (FARMS) program is a cost-share reimbursement program to promote surface water and groundwater resource sustainability for projects that promote tailwater recovery and/or surface water use, while reducing groundwater withdrawals.
Mini-FARMS is a spin off of the Facilitating Agricultural Resource Management Systems (FARMS) program. While the FARMS Program funds larger projects, the Mini-FARMS program reimburses growers up to 85 percent of their costs, up to a maximum of $8,000 per approved water resources project.
The District's Governing Board has designated $1.5 million annually for four years for agricultural cost-share programs. The funds – available starting October 2012 – will be used District wide for projects such as irrigation retrofits, new water saving technologies, and alternative water supplies.
The objective of the program is to assist farmers, growers and ranchers in water conservation and reduction of nutrient run-off. Projects eligible for funding include, but are not limited to, the following: Irrigation system retrofits, Soil moisture and climate sensor telemetry, Rainwater harvesting, Subirrigation drain tile, Tailwater recovery and reuse, and Soil mapping with variable rate fertilizer application.
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) was reauthorized in the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2008 (Farm Bill) to provide a voluntary conservation program for farmers and ranchers that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible national goals. EQIP offers financial and technical help to assist eligible participants install or implement structural and management practices on eligible agricultural land.