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Swine & Dairy Assistance Program

Through S.L. 2021-180 (2021 Appropriations Act) the North Carolina General Assembly established the North Carolina Swine and Dairy Assistance Program, a one-time assistance program for swine and dairy producers who suffered a loss due to the shutdowns following the COVID-19 pandemic. A significant number of swine farms have lost contracts and dairies have been forced out of business due to the pandemic.

Thirty million dollars was appropriated to NCDA&CS to provide financial assistance for eligible swine and dairy producers for losses incurred as a result of termination of contracts or ceased milk production due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additional information on eligibility and the application process can be found on NCDA&CS COVID Swine and Dairy Assistance Program page.

Swine & Dairy Assistance Program Closure - Waste Impoundments

Swine and dairy producers approved by NCDA&CS for assistance and elect to close their lagoon (s) or waste storage pond (s), will be eligible for 90% cost share (up to $100,000 per applicant) for closing their structure.  An additional 90% cost share (up to $30,000 per applicant) is available to convert impoundment(s) to water supply ponds for agricultural water needs.  Approved applicants will work with local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) to develop Agricultural Cost Share Program (ACSP) contracts.  Closure contracts must be in place by 12/31/2024 and funds spent by 12/31/2026. 

BMP Units Each
Required Effects
  • Animal type
  • Animal units
  • N and P waste managed
JAA Breached Dam Closure
  • NRCS-ENG - 360 Closure of Waste Impoundments
  • DSWC-WM - 360 Closure of Waste Impoundments
  • Technical Specialist Designation WUP/NM
  • Professional Engineer
JAA Agricultural Water Supply Pond Conversion Closure
  • Professional Engineer
  • Technical Specialist Designation SD
CS2 Reference Materials
  • Waste Impoundment Closure Plan
  • PLAT Ratings for each field
  • Division Waste Impoundment Approval letter
  • NC-ACSP-11 Signature Page
  • Map with BMP location, fields, and roads.
  • NC-ACSP-1C Form
  • NC-ACSP-WMP Form
  • Lagoon Specification Questions
  • Two closure bid estimates
  • Receipts (for RFP)
  • DWR Closure Report Form (for RFP)
  • Cooperator Acknowledge Form (Closure)

For Conversion to Ag Water Supply Pond also include:

NRCS Standards & Reference Materials


Swine and Dairy Assistance Program Policy Summary

Planning and Design Tools

Conversion to Agricultural Water Supply Pond Tools:


To submit a closure plan or closure bid for approval, please use the forms below:

Requesting Technical Assistance:

If you would like to request assistance with a closure, please complete an online Technical Assistance Request

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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