Maryland Agriculture Water Quality Cost-Share Program
The Maryland Agricultural Water Quality Cost-Share (MACS) Program was authorized in 1982 as one response to state water quality objectives. It was recognized that the cost of installing agricultural water quality best management practices (BMPs) could impose a burden on individual farmers that was not relative to any income-producing potential associated with implementing the BMPs. With that recognition, financial assistance became one of the key components of agricultural non-point source (NPS) pollution control efforts.

The goal of the MACS Program is to provide financial support to farmers for the installation of BMPs that control and reduce agriculturally related water pollution. Pollution sources could be from erosion, animal wastes, nutrients, or agricultural chemicals. Financial assistance is available to farmers because the BMPs provide public benefits and implementation costs imposed on individual farmers are not relative to any income-producing potential associated with the implementation of the BMP.


Contact Maryland Agriculture Water Quality Cost-Share Program


Contact Maryland Agriculture Water Quality Cost-Share Program

Maryland Department of Agriculture
50 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis, Maryland  21401
Phone: 410-841-5834


 

Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • Maryland