Pennsylvania farmers can apply for 2016-17 Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program tax credit, which opened August 1.
REAP is a tax credit program for agricultural producers who install best management practices (BMPs) or make equipment purchases that reduce erosion and sedimentation that impacts Pennsylvania’s streams and watersheds. The program, administered by the State Conservation Commission, gives agriculture producers an incentive to purchase conservation equipment and materials to better protect the environment.
Farmers may receive tax credits of up to $150,000 per agricultural operation for 50 to 75 percent of the project’s cost. The most common projects approved are for no-till planting equipment, waste storage facilities, and heavy use areas. REAP can be used in conjunction with other funding sources such as the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP).
For more information on submitting a REAP application, please contact Jessica Schaub by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 724-545-3628
Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) Program
Pennsylvania’s Resource Enhancement and Protection Program, also known as REAP, enables the conservation of agricultural resources by giving tax credits in exchange for the implementation of Best Management Practices. Eligible participants may receive between 50% to 75% of project costs as state tax credits up to $150,000 per agricultural operation.
There are three possible ways to participate in REAP. The farmer can implement BMPs and receive state tax credits. The farmer can sell the tax credits to another Pennsylvania taxpayer. Or a sponsor can finance a farmer’s BMPs and receive the tax credits.
All farmers participating in REAP must have a conservation plan and a nutrient management plan or manure management plan. If a farmer does not have these plans, the cost of developing them must be applied in the tax credit before any other BMPs are paid.
Some of the BMPs that are eligible for REAP tax credits include: Development of a Nutrient Management Plan, Ag E&S Plan, and Conservation Plans, stream bank fencing, riparian buffers, BMPs for ACAs and barnyard runoff, manure storage systems, alternative manure treatment practices, filter strips, and no till planting equipment.
Costs that can be included are project design, engineering, and planning, construction, installation, equipment, materials, post construction expenses, and many others.
For more information on the REAP Program or to fill out an application, please contact Jessica Schaub at the Armstrong Conservation District at 724-545-3628 or visit the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Website.