The Whole Farm Approach, or WFA, was introduced as a pilot project in 2019. It allows 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 has been 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 have, or are willing to obtain, an Resource Management Plan (RMP).
This pilot program is a two-year program also being offered in FY22. Of those participating on the Eastern Shore, it is anticipated that nearly 900 acres of existing RMPs will be certified, and new RMPs will be written on more than 4,100 acres.