HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania farmers who want to use best management practices or purchase on-farm conservation equipment can now apply for tax credits through the Resource Enhancement and Protection, or REAP, program.
The program, administered by the State Conservation Commission, gives agriculture producers an incentive to purchase conservation equipment and materials that could help protect the environment.
“The state’s investment of $49.5 million over the past six years has provided our farmers an additional boost to their efforts to protect the environment and the Chesapeake Bay,” said Agriculture Secretary George Greig. “REAP continues to support Pennsylvania’s mission of improving water quality while helping our farms remain viable and productive.”
Farmers who have completed projects may submit applications beginning Aug. 1, while those who have proposed projects can submit applications beginning Aug. 29 only. The projects will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Application approval will be contingent upon the final adoption of the state budget for fiscal year 2013-14.
Private investors may act as a sponsor by providing capital to producers as a project is approved in return for tax credits. Any individual or business subject to taxation under Personal Income Tax, Corporate Net Income Tax, Bank Shares Tax and others, is eligible to participate in REAP.
Since the program began in 2007, REAP has awarded tax credits to 2,722 projects totaling $34 million. Public and private enterprises have invested $82.4 million in these projects.
Applications for the 2013-14 REAP program area available at www.pda.state.pa.us/REAP under “Forms,” or by contacting Amy Smith with the State Conservation Commission at 717-787-8821 or amymsmith<\@>pa.gov.