Sustainable Farming Projects in Florida to Share the Wealth

As part of St. Johns River Water Management District’s 2017-2018 Agricultural Cost Share program, Long & Scott Farms will be benefiting and participating by converting its seepage irrigation to drip and microjet systems.
Photo by Paul Rusnak

In an effort to improve water conservation and reduce nutrient loading impacts on Central Florida waterways, the St. Johns River Water Management District recently approved a dozen new local farm projects aimed to do just that through via equipment upgrades and modern technology. Each project will get a piece of $1.5 million in funding allocated for the District’s Ag Cost-share Program. Collectively, the projects are anticipated to conserve an estimated 519 million gallons of water each year and reduce total nitrogen by an estimated 52,945 pounds per year and total phosphorus by 8,149 pounds per year.

Fiscal Year 2017-2018 farm projects receiving funds are:

The District received 30 applications seeking funds through the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Districtwide Ag Cost-share Program for projects in the 15 counties outside the Tri-County Agricultural Area (portions of Flagler, Putnam and St. Johns counties), which has its own separate funding program for row crop projects.

The Districtwide Agricultural Cost Share program began in 2015 to assist farmers and growers with implementing projects that conserve water and result in nutrient loading reductions. To date, 51 projects have been approved for funding since the program’s inception.