Alabama Agricultural and Conservation Development Commission Program
Most funding for conservation practices is secured through the Natural Resources Conservation Service; however, the State of Alabama has a fund to support these practices as well. Established in 1986 as the Alabama Agricultural and Conservation Development Commission Program, it is most commonly known as the cost-share program. The purpose of the program is to provide financial assistance through cost-share grants to owners of land used for agricultural or timber production for applying soil conservation, water quality improvement, or reforestation and forest improvement practices in the state.
Farmers work through their local conservation districts to determine their eligibility. Conservation districts may establish local cost-share rates not to exceed 75 percent, and grants may be awarded up to $5,000.
Due to budget cuts across all state agencies in recent years, funding in the cost-share program for farmers is essentially depleted. The Alabama Association of Conservation Districts continues to work with the legislature to restore the funding.