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Departments - Soil and Water Conservation

Since conservation districts have a federal person in the office, this means a variety of programs -- both state and federal -- are available for landowners and farmers who need information and/or financial help. Please feel free to call us when you have questions about the following programs:

North Carolina Agriculture Cost Share
* EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentive Program)
* FIP (Forestry Incentive Program)
* CRP (The Conservation Reserve Program)
* Farmland Preservation



The USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service offers the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for Haywood County landowners to install practices that improve water quality on agricultural operations.  This program is being offered through the United States Department of Agriculture, Farm Bill programs.  Interested farmers should contact John Ottinger, the District Conservationist.  Cost share practices include watering tanks, fencing, streambank stabilization, pastureland improvement, sediment control on agriculture lands, agri-chemical buildings, forest stand improvement and many more.  Cost share assistance for contracts will pay a percentage for actual costs of installation of projects. 

For more information, contact John at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call 828-452-2741, ext. 3.


NC Ag Cost Share funds are available to assist farmers with implementing conservation measures on their land. Landowners and operators of existing agricultural operations can apply for Cost Share assistance to install best management practices such as watering tanks, livestock wells, grassed waterways, livestock feeding areas, agrichemical handling facilities and more. For information or to apply for Cost Share assistance, call Duane Vanhook at 452-2741, ext. 3 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Community Conservation Assistance Program (CCAP) is designed to help install best management practices on urban and suburban properties. Homeowners, businesses, schools, parks, churches and other civic or community groups are eligible to participate. The program's goals are to treat polluted storm water runoff and improve water quality. Examples of BMP's available through the program include riparian buffers, backyard rain gardens, cisterns and pet waste receptacles. Please call the District for more information. Qualifying projects may receive up to 75% reimbursement of pre-established costs.


SOIL TESTING: A soil test is an important tool when it comes to having better results, and we have boxes and the needed forms on hand. To learn more about soil testing, click here.

WEB SOIL SURVEY: To learn important facts about the many types of soil and their properties, click here.