Application deadline to share in agricultural cost-share funds is Jan. 29

Black irrigation pipes leading to an orange tree

During the past six years, ag projects have benefited from nearly $12.5 million in Districtwide Cost-Share dollars

PALATKA, Fla., Dec. 29, 2020 ― The St. Johns River Water Management District is accepting cost-share applications through Jan. 29 from farmers, growers and ranchers interested in partnering on agricultural projects that promote water conservation and reduce nutrient runoff across the District.

Black irrigation pipes leading to an orange tree

The Districtwide Ag Cost-Share Program helped fund an irrigation project in a Lake County citrus grove in 2020.

“This cost-share opportunity encourages the agricultural community to use water more efficiently and engage in practices that reduce nutrient runoff,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “The projects we fund will minimize impacts to the environment, while also providing operational cost savings to farmers, growers and ranchers.”

Since the Districtwide Agricultural Cost-Share Program began in 2015, more than $12.5 million has been made available to ag producers. More than 9.77 million gallons of water per day (mgd) has been conserved, while annual reductions in total nitrogen are estimated at 414,265 pounds and in total phosphorus at 74,377 pounds.

The cost-share program provides up to 75 percent of cooperative funding, not to exceed $250,000 per applicant annually, toward the design, construction and implementation of technologies and strategies to improve water efficiencies and protect natural systems.

Eligible projects include irrigation system retrofits, soil moisture and climate sensor technology, rainwater harvesting, sub-irrigation drain tile, tailwater recovery and reuse, expanded waste storage, and soil mapping with variable rate fertilizer application.

The application and program overview for the fiscal year 2021-2022 cost-share program can be found online at

District staff will evaluate each project based on criteria approved by the District’s Governing Board and prepare a recommended list for board approval in April 2021.

For more information, visit the District’s website or contact Technical Program Manager Suzanne Archer at