Report Outlines Environmental Benefits of REAP Conservation Program
Guidelines and Applications Now Available for 09-10 Tax Credit Program
REAP encourages farmers to use conservation best management practices to reduce erosion and sedimentation impacting
In the first round of REAP funding, almost half the credits approved for eligible projects were for no-till planting equipment. Other best management practices that received a high percentage of approved credits were for waste storage facilities, and for protecting heavy animal use areas such as barnyards.
Using the Chesapeake Bay Program Model it is possible to estimate benefits related to certain best management practices. Thanks to REAP, no-till equipment purchases alone have reduced sediment runoff into
Applications for the 2009-2010 program will be accepted by the commission beginning
Because the total amount of available 2009-2010 REAP tax credits is dependent on the state budget to be finalized later this summer, applications will be accepted until the appropriation has been committed to eligible projects. Governor Rendell’s budget proposal included an additional
Farmers can receive tax credits of up to
The annual report, program guidelines and applications are available at www.agriculture.state.pa.us/REAP. A one-hour Webinar explaining the details of the guidelines and application process hosted by the commission is also available on the Web site. For those without Internet access, the commission can mail paper applications.
Applicants are encouraged to work with local county conservation districts or the Natural Resources Conservation Service before applying to ensure current plans are in place for each farming operation, including conservation, agricultural erosion and sedimentation control, and nutrient management plans, if required.
All applicants who applied in the previous fiscal year but not approved because REAP credits were exhausted, will receive a short addendum application in the mail. These applicants will not be given any priority and must submit this application with all new applicants.
Fore more information about the program, contact Program Administrator
CONTACT: Jean Kummer (717) 787-5085
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture