Chowan Basin Soil & Water Conservation District

Current News and Events

2014 Virginia Pesticide Disposal Program Announces Dates

The Virginia Cooperative Extension Service, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced their 2014 pickup dates for Southeast Virginia.  The program allows for free disposal of unwanted and outdated pesticides currently stored by agricultural producers, licensed pesticide businesses, certified applicators, golf courses and homeowners.  The following chart provides information on what is an is not acceptable for disposal. 

Dates within the Chowan Basin Soil & Water Conservation District are listed below, however other dates and locations are available.

August 27, 2014 at the SVCC Track Driving School, 1112 Courtland Road, Emporia, VA
September 10, 2014 at the Southampton County Fair Grounds, 25376 New market Road, Franklin, VA

Prior registration is required and those forms are available at each county extension office or the SWCD office.



Agricultural Pesticides
Commercial Pesticides
Homeowner Pesticides
Weed & Feed
Pesticide Dilutions

Medical Waste
Radioactive Waste
Biological Waste
Contaminated Waste


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.


May 29 -- Tier's to You, Greensville/Emporia VCE -- $30 Fee, Registration Required by May 26
May 29 -- Grain Sorghum Meeting -- Sussex Extension Office -- 6:30 p.m. Dinner provided
June 5 -- Early Season Field Crops Tour, Tidewater AREC - 8:00 a.m., Lunch Provided
June 12 -- Small Farm Field Day:The 43560 Project, Virginia State University
July 15 - Sports Turf on a Budget, John Randolph Firehouse/Community Center -- $10 FEE