Lime Incentive Program (to raise soil pH)

Program Overview:

Within the last few years, Conservation Districts around the state have joined together to support a program to benefit landowners. The Association of Conservation Districts has worked with WV University Cooperative Extension Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA Farm Service Agency and the WV Conservation Agency to provide an active cooperative Lime Program.

Agriculture has been an integral part of the heritage and culture in West Virginia. Over the past few decades, the number of active farms, within the state, has diminished. Much of the agriculture lands have been left unmanaged. Over time, persons have become interested in revitalizing valuable grasslands. There now appears to be renewed interest in a program to address the problem.

Revitalization of these valuable lands is a very important initiative within the state. Grasslands provide critical ecological benefits and play a key role in environmental quality, as well as contributing to the economies of many rural areas.  Grassland forage is the number one agriculture product in the majority of West Virginia counties, and is vital to sustain animal production.

Established grasses allow society to benefit from an available supply of food and fiber, clear air and water. Other benefits include habitat for wildlife aquatic systems and healthier riparian areas. These lands provide opportunities for improved nutrient management from land application of animal waste and other nutrient management from land application of animal waste and other nutrient source byproducts.

Other positive aspects include reduction of soil erosion from wind and water contributing to flooding. This makes a major impact on economic and social stability in rural communities.


Provide incentive to local farmers for the maintenance of permanent grasses and/or legumes on grassland.
Provide soil and watershed protection by reducing erosion on grassland.
Help reduce water, air, and soil pollution from non-point sources on grasslands.

Eligibility requirements:

1. Applicant must be a landowner and must sign-up to be a District Cooperator.
2. Apply this practice to land that needs maintenance, improvement or protection. This will be with the recommendationof the State Technical Committee.
3. Land must be established in permanent grasses and/or legumes.
4. Land must be used for agricultural purposes.
   a) Priority will be given to pasture/grasslands.
   b) Haylands will be given second priority.
5. A current soil test must be filed with the Conservation District. The test is current if it has been taken within three years.
6. The requirement for application will be determined by the certified soil sample.
7. Land shall not have been planted in an annual row crop for a minimum of (5) five years prior to the practice application.
8. If the field which the practice is being requested is under contract for cost-share under another program for lime, that field is ineligible for the West Virginia Lime Incentive Program.

Policies for this practice are:

1. Cost-sharing is authorized for purchase and delivery of necessary lime for maintenance of permanent grasses and/or legumes.
2. Care must be given to protect water quality during and after application.
3. Current soil test must come from a certified laboratory. Recommend the WVU laboratory.
4. A soil test is considered current if it is less than three years old as of the date the practice is requested.
5. Only state certified Ag lime may be used. Bulk Lime Only
6. Lime must be applied according to the recommendations of the soil test and plan.
7. There is a maximum of 50 acres per farm eligible per year.
8. The practice shall be maintained for a minimum of (3) three years after the calendar year in which the lime was applied. After that time, a new application may be submitted for acres that have not received lime in the previous three years, up to the maximum allowed.
9. Applications will carry over to next eligible sign up.
10. Applications will be sorted by pH. The pH will be average of all fields.
11. IRS Form 1099 will be issued by the District if the reimbursed amount is $600 or more. Applicants will be required to complete IRS Form W-9 at the time they complete the Lime Program Contract.
12. Field application checks will be under the authority of the Conservation District.
13. To be eligible the payment will be made after receipt of the invoice by the cooperator to the Conservation District Board. Payment will be processed within a 45 day period.

Contact Your Local Conservation District for information on how to apply:

Capitol                      304-759-0736

Eastern Panhandle  304-263-4376

Elk                               304-364-5105

Greenbrier Valley      304-645-6173

Guyan                         304-528-5718

Little Kanawha           304-422-9088

Monongahela             304-296-0081

Northern Panhandle  304-238-1231

Potomac Valley         304-822-5174

Southern                     304-253-0261

Tygarts Valley            304-457-3026

Upper Ohio                304-758-2512

West Fork                  304-627-2160

Western                      304-675-3054


Contact Lime Incentive Program (to raise soil pH)

West Virginia Conservation Agency
1900 Kanawha Blvd. East
Charleston, West Virginia  25305-0193


Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • West Virginia