Pennsylvania is encouraging farmers to apply for Resource Enhancement and Protection (“REAP”) tax credits by June 1, 2018. The deadline for applications is June 30, 2018. REAP applications are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so getting applications in early increases the odds of success.
The REAP tax credits can help farmers offset the cost of implementing best management practices (“BMPs”) or purchasing on-farm conservation equipment. Farmers can receive up to $150,000 per agricultural operation for 50%-75% of the project’s costs. The most commonly approved projects are for no-till planting and precision ag equipment, waste storage facilities, conservation plans, nutrient management plans, and protecting barnyards and other animal care areas. Cover crops and riparian stream buffers are also popular REAP-eligible practices.
For projects involving the proposed purchasing of equipment, the equipment must be delivered by June 30, 2018. For projects involving the implementation of structural BMPs, all BMPs must be completed by June 30, 2019. The REAP application packet, as well as other information about REAP, is available on the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s website.
Attorneys with Stock and Leader’s Environment, Energy and Environmental Mediation Group are available to assist in the identification of potential projects and the preparation of grant applications.