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Cost Share Programs - Agricultural Cost Share Program (ACSP)


Residue and Tillage Management

Summary of changes

  • Changed from incentive practices to regular BMP (Removed contract and payment limits)
  • May be contracted as a single annual practice or for up to three consecutive years
  • Payments will be made AFTER the practice has met its intended purpose
  • Cover Crops may be contracted on the same acres
  • Created management tiers and cost share rates that vary in complexity
  • Cost share rate is 75% or 90%



Maintaining crop and other plant residue on the soil surface year‐round and limiting soil disturbing activities to protect water quality.  Residue and tillage management also provides seasonal soil protection from wind and rain erosion, adds organic matter to the soil, conserves soil moisture, and improves infiltration, aeration and tilth.   Benefits may include reduction in soil erosion, sedimentation and pollution from sediment attached substances.


Maintenance Period 1- 3 years
BMP Units Acres
Required Effects
  • Soil saved
  • Phosphorus saved - (if erosion is present)
  • Acres affected - (planted acres)
JAA/NRCS Standards
  • ECS - 328 - Cover Crop Rotation
  • ECS - 329 - Residue and Tillage Management, No Till
  • ECS - 345 - Residue and Tillage Management, Reduced No Till
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 Sheets


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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