Waterloo, IA – According to the statement, these funds help farmers adopt soil health and water quality practices, including planting cover crops, transitioning acres to no-till/strip-till soil management or applying a nitrification inhibitor.
Officials also said that farmers who are planting cover crops for the first time are eligible for $25 per acre through the cost share fund.
Farmers who have already experienced the benefits of using cover crops and are continuing the practice can receive $15 per acre.
Producers transitioning acres to no-till or strip-till are eligible for $10 per acre, and may receive $3 per acre for applying fall fertilizer using a nitrapyrin nitrification inhibitor.
Dear Iowans, the cost share funding through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is limited to 160 acres per farmer or landowner.
The funds will be made available in July, but farmers can start submitting applications immediately through their local Soil and Water Conservation District offices.
Farmers are encouraged to call their Soil and Water Conservation District offices to inquire about additional cost-share funds available through other sources.
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig released the following statement:
“Iowa farmers and landowners continue to rise to the challenge of improving our state’s soil health and water quality by implementing new conservation practices. I encourage all farmers and landowners to look for opportunities to add new conservation practices to their fields to help protect our land for future generations and make measurable progress toward our water quality goals. This program is a great way to get started.”