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Agricultural Technical Assistance

  • Cover Crop Cost Share Program
  • Conservation Plans
  • Best Management Practices (BMPs)

Cover Crop Cost Share Program

Cover crops help improve soil and water quality by reducing soil erosion, increasing organic matter, and capturing and recycling nutrients in the soil profile.  Additionally, cover crops can reduce fertilizer inputs and increase soil health, thus increasing profitability per acre. 

Potential Benefits of Cover Crops

  • Provide nutrients
  • Suppress weeds
  • Increase yield
  • Improve soil health
  • Protect water quality
  • Reduce production costs

To promote the use of cover crops, Licking Soil & Water and the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) are offering a Cover Crop Cost-Share Program.  Producers within the MWCD watershed can apply for $12-$15/acre cost-share with a cap of 200 approved acres per applicant.  

Application Process:

  • Application available at Licking Soil & Water office or online at www.LickingSWCD.com.
  • Tillage/planting information and FSA map must be provided with application.
  • Submit to Licking Soil & Water office by 4:30 p.m. July 5, 2019.
  • Application will follow a ranking process; if approved, Licking Soil & Water and landowner will complete an agreement.


  • Must use certified seed or submit an approved germination test completed by the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
  • Seeding rates and dates must meet NRCS standards. Licking Soil & Water will provide information.
  • Must notify Licking Soil & Water within 5 days of seeding for field inspection.
  • Landowners are responsible for cost; payment made after crop inspection and receipt submittal.

Application deadline: July 5, 2019


Conservation Plans

A conservation plan is a tool designed to help you better manage the natural resources on your farm. Our District technician and NRCS conservationist may be able to meet with you to evaluate the soil, water, air, plant and animal resources on your property and offer several alternative practices to address resource concerns. The practices you choose to use are recorded in your conservation plan which includes a schedule for installation. Implementing the conservation plan will help you protect the environment on and off your farm.

A conservation plan includes:
- an aerial photo or diagram of your fields;
- a list of your management decisions;
- the location of and schedule for applying new conservation practices;
- a soil map and soil descriptions;
- information sheets explaining how to carry out your specific management decisions;
- a plan for operation and maintenance of practices, if needed.

Benefits of a Conservation Plan
Following your conservation plan has many benefits:
- You will protect your soil and your farm’s productivity;
- You will help improve quality of the water in your area;
- You will improve your soil’s fertility and manage soil moisture;
- You may attract desirable wildlife by creating nesting sites and winter cover;
- You will protect the productive value of your land for future generations;
- You can more readily comply with environmental regulatory requirements;
- You may be eligible for USDA farm programs.

Best Management Practices (BMPs)
There is an array of Sediment / Erosion Best Management Practices, which focus on the protection of Ohio's soil and water resources.  Contact us for more information.

Urban Technical Assistance

Subdivision Reviews
- Subdivision Regulations
- Sediment Erosion Control
- Storm water management