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Cost Share Programs - Agricultural Cost Share Program (ACSP)


Conservation Cover

A Conservation Cover practice means to establish and maintain a conservation cover of grass, legumes, or other approved plantings on fields previously with no groundcover established, to reduce soil erosion and improve water quality.  Other benefits may include reduced offsite sedimentation and pollution from dissolved and sediment-attached substances.  Eligible land includes that planted to Christmas Trees, orchards, ornamentals, vineyards and other cropland needing protective cover.

Maintenance Period 6 years
BMP Units Acres
Required Effects
  • Soil saved
  • Phosphorus saved - if erosion is present
  • Acres affected - (planted acres)
JAA/NRCS Standards
  • ECS - 327 - Conservation Cover
  • ECS - 512 - Forage and Biomass Planting (supporting practice)
Cost Information
  • Average cost (75% or 90%)
CS2 Reference Materials
  • NC-ACSP 11 Signature Page
  • Map with BMP location, fields and roads
Additional Spot-check Requirements None

ACSP Policy Summary

Design Standards

Job Sheet


NCDA&CS Division of Soil & Water Conservation, Vernon Cox, Director
Mailing Address: 1614 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1614
Physical Address: 216 West Jones Street, Raleigh North Carolina 27603
Phone: 919.707.3770

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