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Assistance available through Iowa Water Quality Initiative

Posted: Monday, July 23rd, 2018 at 6:25 am

It’s time for Iowa farmers to apply for funds that are available to help install practices that protect water quality. Practices eligible for this funding are cover crops, no-till or strip till, or using a nitrification inhibitor when applying fertilizer.

The cost share rate for first-time users of cover crops is $25 per acre, no-till or strip till are eligible for $10 per acre and farmers using a nitrapyrin nitrification inhibitor when applying fall fertilizer can receive $3 per acre. Farmers are eligible for cost share on up to 160 acres. First-time users that apply by July 27 will be the first applications funded.  First-time users that apply after July 27 will still receive priority consideration, but funds will also be made available to farmers who have used cover crops in the past for cost share assistance at $15 per acre. Contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District office if interested.