The Whole Farm Approach, or WFA, was introduced as a pilot project in 2019. It allowed a farmer to submit a single cost-share application for a bundle of agricultural best management practices, including their choice of nutrient management and cover crop practices. WFA was successfully implemented in the counties of Essex, King and Queen, and King William and in FY21 became available in the Chesapeake Bay watershed of the Eastern Shore to farmers who had, or were willing to obtain, an RMP. This pilot program was a two year program also offered in FY22. Of those participating on the Eastern Shore in FY22, a total of $320,116 was disbursed covering 6,475 acres.
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