Agricultural Cost Share Programs in Kentucky and North Carolina
Radcliffe, David E.
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Legislative study committees have been appointed to explore the possibility of establishing a state agricultural cost share program in Georgia. The objective of this paper is to describe the programs in Kentucky and North Carolina and identify the features that might serve as models for the Georgia program. North Carolina established an Agriculture Cost Share Program in 1983 and the current funding level is $6.9 million per year. Kentucky established a Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share Program in 1994. This is a much smaller program with a current funding level of $2.7 million per year. Both programs are administered through local soil and water conservation district offices and cost share best management practices (BMPs) at a rate of 75%. BMPs animal waste storage facilities, lagoon closure, riparian buffers, and nutrient management plans. Part of the funds are used for technical support in both programs. A Georgia cost share program should include many of these features including technical and administrative support, a 75% cost share rate, a focus on a limited number of BMPs, and state-wide application.