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2020 Poultry Mortality Management Program
(Click HERE for a News Release for more information)
Apply by December 9, 2020 for first priority.

The Kent Conservation District, in cooperation with our public and private partners, are offering a program to assist beginning farmers in Kent County, DE address mortality management on their poultry farms through the implementation of water quality BMPs.  Beginning farmers are faced with significant startup costs, and there is a backlog of applicants waiting for approval through cost-share programs for composters or mortality freezers, poultry waste structures, and heavy use area protections.  Proper mortality management is critical to prevent leaching of nutrients, spreading of disease, and the attraction of vermin.

Eligible farmers receive 90% cost-share. Farm Freezers LLC and Greener Solutions LLC are offering a $100 rebate per freezer unit purchased through this program, along with a collection fee rebate of $100 per flock for one year after installation.

Apply by December 9 for first priority.  Applications are taken on an ongoing basis, and are processed once per month.  Subsequent batch dates will occur every month, and applications are competitively ranked.


State Cost-Share Assistance

The Delaware General Assembly provides the District with cost-share funds to be used by various cooperating landowners in Kent County to construct Best Management Practices. Applications for cost-share assistance must be submitted for each practice and are approved on a first-come first-served basis. A signed Cooperators Agreement will be required for each applicant.

All practices must meet or exceed USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) standards and must be maintained for a period of ten years. No cost-share will be provided for standards that are considered to be optional and are not necessary for the practice to be constructed to meet NRCS specifications.

A Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Lien will be filed with the Kent County Recorder of Deeds for all conservation practices with the exception of drainage practices. The nonrefundable filing fee of $61 is the responsibility of the applicant and must be submitted with the cost-share application. Likewise, at the end of the maintenance agreement period, the fee to remove the lien will be the responsibility of the property owner at that time.

Best management practices eligible for cost-share are as follows:

  1. Water Management Practices
    • Open Ditching
    • Tile Drainage
    • Land Grading and/or Smoothing
  2. Animal & Agricultural Waste Management Systems
    • Poultry Composter
    • Poultry Manure Storage Structure
    • Dairy Waste Systems
    • Equine Manure Storage Structure
    • Heavy Use Area Protection (Concrete Pads) for Poultry
    • Spray Irrigation Equipment
    • Heavy Use Area Protection for Dairy
  3. Water Quality Practices
    • Drainage Ditch Impoundments
    • Ponds - Type 3 CRP CP3A & CP 23
    • Cover Crops (FY-2021 Guidelines)
  4. Erosion and Sediment Control Practices
    • Water and Sediment Control Basins
    • Critical Area Treatment
    • Structures
    • Sod Waterways
    • Windbreaks
  5. Administrative & Technical Assistance Assistance
  6. Special Projects

Cost Share Application Form

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