The Maryland Department of Agriculture announced that a new tree-planting bonus is now available to farmers and landowners who install qualifying conservation practices financed through the Maryland Agricultural Water Quality Cost-Share program. The incentive aims to help Maryland achieve its ambitious tree-planting goal to capture greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. “I encourage farmers to take advantage of this attractive incentive program. In addition to storing atmospheric carbon, trees provide tremendous water quality benefits for local streams and the Chesapeake Bay.,” said Maryland Agriculture Secretary Kevin Atticks. “They provide a win-win for both the air and water.” Under the new incentive program, eligible farmers will receive $2 for each new tree planted as part of an approved conservation practice that began April 1. The bonus payment will be provided when the conservation practice is fully installed. This payment is in addition to the regular cost-share rate for the qualifying practice. It is available for the following conservation practices: Windbreak Establishment – $2 per tree plus up to 100% cost-share Silvopasture – $2 per tree plus up to 87.5% cost-share Riparian Forest Buffer – $2 per tree plus up to 100% cost-share Hedgerow Planting – $2 per tree plus […]
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