CLEAR30 Pilot Program
The Clean Lakes, Estuaries, And Rivers initiative offers 30-year contracts through its CLEAR30 pilot. FSA introduced this pilot in 2020, originally focused on 12 states in the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay watershed. For 2021, CLEAR30 is now available nationwide. A sample of practices offered in the CLEAR30 pilot include: (CP37) Duck Nesting Habitat, (CP23) Wetland Restoration, (CP31) Bottomland Timber Establishment on Wetlands, (CP22) Riparian Buffer, etc. MDA will be releasing a press release soon announcing a one-time bonus payment of $1000/acre for all approved CLEAR30 contracts, excluding grass waterways and contour strips. Sign-up for the program with USDA is through August 6. For more details go to: CLEAR30
Maryland’s Conservation Buffer Intiative
Maryland’s Conservation Buffer InitiativeIntroducing Maryland's new Conservation Buffer Initiative. This pilot program provides a new funding option for farmers who want to plant streamside buffers on their farms to improve the health of local streams and the Chesapeake Bay. Sign-up begins on January 11 and ends February 5 There are 3 types of buffers eligible for funding. They are forest, grass, and watercourse access control areas adjacent to pastures.
- Farmers receive a one-time payment for enrolled land with 75% paid when the contract is executed and 25% paid when the project is completed.
- Payment rates range from $500/acre for an existing grass buffer to a maximum of $3,500/acre to install a riparian forest buffer with fencing.
- Mowing and hay harvesting are allowed; nutrient applications are not.
- Contracts are for 5 or 10 years.
- Soil conservation districts provide free technical assistance to get your buffer installed.
- All work must be completed by June 30, 2022