Agriculture

Agriculture plays an important role in helping preserve our environment

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AGSWM Agricultural Ground and Surface Water Management (AGSWM) and “Ag teams”

This program and its Ag Teams offer assistance for qualifying agricultural projects with incentive- and ecosystem-based resource management as a passive alternative to permitting.

FARMS Facilitating Agricultural Resource Management Systems (FARMS)

The Facilitating Agricultural Resource Management Systems (FARMS) program is a cost-share reimbursement program to promote surface water and groundwater resource sustainability for projects that promote tailwater recovery and/or surface water use, while reducing groundwater withdrawals.

LECI Landscape Education Coordination Initiative (LECI)

The LECI committee was formed to create a comprehensive and unified approach to landscape water use efficiency through proper design and maintenance. The committee is using tools developed for the Florida Yards & Neighborhoods program to disseminate a consistent message to a wide audience.

Min-FARMS Mini-FARMS

Mini-FARMS is a spin off of the Facilitating Agricultural Resource Management Systems (FARMS) program. While the FARMS Program funds larger projects, the Mini-FARMS program reimburses growers up to 75 percent of their costs, up to a maximum of $5,000 per approved water resources project.

Mobile Irrigation Lab Mobile Irrigation Lab

Free evaluation of agricultural irrigation systems, assisting growers with improved efficiencies.

OAWP Office of Agricultural Water Policy

Staff from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services – Office of Agricultural Water Policy are co-located at District service offices and work closely with the local agricultural community to promote best management practices.

OAWP Quality of Water Improvement Program (QWIP)

Improving water quality through well plugging: Every day, millions of gallons of water are contaminated or wasted throughout the District by free-flowing, improperly constructed, deteriorated or abandoned artesian wells.

RWSP Regional Water Supply Plan

The District has proactively undertaken regional water supply planning to ensure that growing public supply water needs and the water needs of agriculture and other use sectors can be met while at the same time protecting natural systems.

SWUCA Southern Water Use Caution Area

The District works closely with the agricultural community to address the unique water needs of agriculture — the largest water use sector in the Southern Water Use Caution Area (SWUCA).

Back-Plugging Well Back-Plugging Program

Assisting the agricultural community by improving the quality of groundwater used for irrigation.

Wetlands Wetlands and Permitting

What’s so important about a wetland?

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