Chowan Basin Soil & Water Conservation District

Current News and Events

Welcome to the Chowan Basin SWCD Website, and thank you for visiting!
Dates to Remember for 2014 Cost Share Program

March 15th -- Last Day to sign up for Split Application on Nitrogen on Corn

100% Cost Share Available for Stream Exclusion with Grazing Land Managment - SL-6

Don't keep “sitting on the fence” about installing fencing to keep your animals out of a stream, pond, or wetland, a new allocation of funding from the Commonwealth of Virginia now allowsChowan Basin Soil and Water Conservation District to fund up to 100 percent of the costs.  The new program covers the total cost for fencing keeping livestock out of streams and the all the eligible cost to install a well (if needed), pipeline and watering troughs.  All practices must be installed to Natural Resources Conservation Service specifications.


These new funds cover the additional 25% not covered by the Virginia Ag BMP Programs 75% cost share and are available on a first come first serve basis until the funds are exhausted.  This program will no doubt be very popular state-wide, so contact Chowan Basin SWCD now to arrange for a farm visit to see if your property qualifies.  Stream fencing helps protect water quality while the installation of a spring or well-fed watering system provides your animals with clean source of drinking water and helps better distribute grazing in your pastures.


If you’ve ever considered protecting your streams and ponds and installing a permanent frost-free watering system, now is the time!

2014 Workshops Announced

Check out the upcoming workshops being offered by Virginia Cooperative Extension and other partner agencies. The events listed are closest to our area.  There may be other dates for the same workshop available in other areas of the state.  If you need more information, please call either your local extension office or us.


February 13 -- 16th Annual VA Cotton Meeting, PDCC, Franklin, VA ($10.00)
February 19 -- Farm Transition Workshop -- Southern Piedmont AREC ($15.00)
February 20 -- Area Beef Conference, Southern Piedmont AREC, Blackstone ($10.00)
February 25 -- Precision Agriculture, Cabin Hill Farm, Hanover, VA (Free, Registration required)
March 3 -- Utilizing Precision Agriculture, PDCC Workforce Center, Franklin, VA ($10.00, Registration required)

March 3 -- 2014 Grain Sorghum Growers Meeting -- Southern Piedmont AREC

March 4 -- Putting Precision Ag on the Ground, Tappahannock, VA (Free, Registration required)

March 5 -- Conservation and Precision Ag, Keystone Tractor Works Museum ($10.00, Registration required)

April 4 - 6 -- Animal Disaster Response Workshop -- City of Chesapeake Agriculture Department