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Cost Share Programs

The Sussex Conservation District administers numerous cost share programs that support the implementation of conservation practices by landowners, agricultural producers, tax ditch associations and other parties throughout the Sussex County.

Cover Crop Program 

Cover Crops are proven to be one of the easiest and most effective conservation practices in Sussex County. To promote this practice, the District's Cover Crop Program will make direct payments to farmers who plant in accordance with the program guidelines. Participants are limited up to $75,000* in cover crop assistance. In the event enrollment in the program exceeds available funding, the Sussex Conservation District reserves the right to reduce the maximum payment amount per participant. In order for land to be eligible for cover crop cost-share assistance, it must follow an annual crop (row crops/vegetables). Perennial crops, pasture and hayland are not eligible. There are multiple other conditions and details to this program that you should read carefully.

FY 22 Cover Crop Program Fact Sheet (updated 8/25/2021)

Tax Ditch Cost Share

The Sussex Conservation District administers funds from the State of Delaware and Sussex County to assist tax ditch organizations with costs associated with maintaining the county's tax ditch systems. 

FY 22 Tax Ditch Fact Sheet (updated 7/20/2021)

Vegetative Shoreline Stabilization

Sussex Conservation District, in cooperation with DNREC – Division of Water Resources and Division of Soil and Water Conservation are providing cost-share assistance for vegetative shoreline stabilization. Some projects may simply require minor grading and wetland grass planting while other projects may require major earthwork, the use of bio-stabilization products (coir fiber logs, wattles, etc.), and the use of several different types of plants. The important thing to remember is that each site is different and an approved plan and permits are required to be eligible for financial assistance.

Vegetative Shoreline Stabilization Fact Sheet

C.P. King uses the air seeder

Blaine Hitchens plants cover crops

Whole Farm Planning

Cover crops hard at work