VACS Projects

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Evergreen is currently working on updating its Strategic Plan. Please take a moment to fill out this short 12 question 2020 Strategic Plan Survey so we know what the top issues and programs are for our producers. 

The Virginia Agricultural Best Management Practices Cost-Share Program (VACS) goal is to improve water quality in the state’s streams, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay. VACS offers cost-share assistance as an incentive to carry out construction or implementation of selected Best Management Practices (BMPs). The basis of VACS is to encourage the voluntary installation of agricultural BMPs to meet Virginia’s non-point pollution reduction water quality objectives.  VACS emphasizes the implementation of agricultural BMPs in locations that provide the greatest nutrient and sediment reductions for the taxpayer’s dollar. We use the most cost-effective BMPs possible in each location tp achieve the greatest pollutant reductions on a field by field basis.

Conservation Districts work on a fiscal year of July 1-June 30. To increase your chances of getting funded through the VACS program, we suggest that you apply at the beginning of our fiscal year since we are given very limited cost-share funds.

To be eligible to apply for VACS Cost-share funding: “land must be engaged in the production of agricultural, horticultural, or forest products for market. In order to be considered agricultural land the real estate must consist of a minimum of five contiguous acres and there must be verifiable gross receipts in excess of $1,000 per year from the production or sale of agricultural, horticultural, or forest products produced on the applicant’s agricultural land for each of the past five years.”

Some of our most popular cost-share programs under VACS are

  • Stream Exclusion with Grazing Land Management (Evergreen’s most used BMP)
  • Woodland Buffer Filter Area
  • Nutrient Management Plan Writing and Revisions (Annual)
  • Long Term Vegetative Cover on Cropland
  • Small Grain and Mixed Cover Crop
  • Legume Based Cover Crop
  • Continuous No-till Forage Production System

To apply for cost-share or tax credits, an application and W-9 tax form must be filled out along with a written Conservation Plan from the district. All Conservation Plans and Cost-share projects must be approved by the Evergreen Board of Directors. Board meeting are conducted once a month, usually the first Thursday of every month.

If you need an application to apply please click here 2021 Contract Part 1

For more information please contact Sarah Gardner at 276-706-3068 or email at sarahtilson88@gmail.com