AGRICULTURAL PROGRAMS

There are many conservation programs available through various federal, state, and local agencies; for many of these programs the District is the first point-of-contact. These programs offer financial incentives in the form of cost share for land users who would like to improve and protect water quality, and maintain agricultural productivity. Technical assistance in the design and installation of all best management practices (BMPs) is provided to ensure their success.

However, cost share programs are only part of the picture. Effective, long term planning for conservation involves a broader perspective which includes the development of a conservation plan. Conservation planning helps a landowner attain sustainable use and sound management of soil, water, air, plant, and animal resources. Resource professionals with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), the Office of Agricultural Water Policy, and the Orange Soil & Water Conservation District (OSWCD) are available to assist land users in developing sound conservation plans.