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Cost Share Programs - Agricultural Cost Share Program (ACSP)


Prescribed Grazing


Prescribed Grazing involves managing the intensity, frequency, duration, timing, and number of grazing animals on pastureland in accordance with site production limitations, rate of plant growth, physiological needs of forage plants for production and persistence, and nutritional needs of the grazing animals.  The goal of this practice is to reduce accelerated soil erosion and compaction, to improve or maintain riparian and watershed function, to maintain surface and/or subsurface water quality and quantity, to improve nutrient distribution, and to improve or maintain desired species composition and vigor of plant communities. Productive pastures maintain wildlife habitat and permeable green space.


Maintenance Period 3 years
BMP Units Acres
Required Effects
  • Soil saved
  • Acres affected (planted acres)
JAA/NRCS Standards
  • ECS - 528- Prescribed Grazing
Cost Information
  • Flat rate (100%)
CS2 Reference Materials
  • NC-ACSP 11 Signature Page
  • Map with BMP location, fields and roads
  • Incentive Self-Certification Form
Additional Spot-check Requirements None

ACSP Policy Summary


Design Standards

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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