Virginia farmers are now eligible for state cost-share funding for portable fencing to keep livestock out of streams and rivers. Before July 1, farmers could only receive cost-share funding for more expensive permanent stream fencing systems. Temporary fencing is often a more viable option for the many Virginia farmers who lease land.
The new cost-share practice, called WP-2P, will pay producers for protection of stream banks, wetlands, intermittent springs, seeps, ponds, sensitive karst features and gullies adjacent to springs. The payment is a single payment of 30-cents per linear foot of fence plus a flat rate payment of $250 per fencing charger.
No minimum fencing standards are required, so electric polywire with step-in posts are eligible, as are single or double strand high-tensile…