RURAL PROGRAMS & RESOURCES
SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT
Cost Share Application
If you are looking to fill out a Cost-Share application you can find an online version of what the application looks like at this link here. Currently we do not have an online format to submit the application so that will have to be submitted via person or mailed in. If sending by mail please send to:
East Pottawattamie SWCD
16 Main Street
Oakland, IA 51560
The East Pottawattamie Soil & Water Conservation District increased the state and L.O.S.T. funds cost share assistance from 50% to 75% for most practices on September 21st, 2023. Practices include terraces, waterways, water and sediment control basins, tilling and grade stabilization structures. Terrace upgrades also increased from a flat rate of $0.35 to $0.50 per foot. Please contact the Oakland NRCS Office at 712-482-6486 ext. 3, for more information.
Low Interest Loan Program
The Iowa Water Quality Loan Fund is a source of low-cost financing available to landowners for eligible practices. Loans may range from $5000 up to $500,000 per borrower with terms up to 15 years. You can fund up to 100% of the actual costs at an interest for the life of the loan through your local lender. The practice must meet NRCS specifications.
Iowa Financial Incentive Program
The Iowa Financial Incentive Program (IFIP) is a state funded cost share program available through the local Soil and Water Conservation District Office. IFIP provides cost share for applying conservation practices that have a positive impact on the environment.
Environmental Quality Incentives Program
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program that helps agricultural producers in a manner that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality. Through EQIP, agricultural producers receive financial and technical assistance to implement structural and management conservation practices that optimize environmental benefits on working agricultural land.
Conservation Stewardship Program
Through CSP, NRCS will provide financial and technical assistance to eligible producers to conserve and enhance soil, water, air, and related natural resources on their land. Eligible lands include cropland, grassland, prairie land, pastureland, rangeland, nonindustrial private forest lands, agricultural land under the jurisdiction of an Indian tribe, and other private agricultural land.
Before field work picks up, it would be good to review plans and see if any new conservation practices are needed. There are state and local cost share funds available to install terraces, waterways, and various other conservation practices. With planning assistance, cost share availability, and equipment provided, what’s holding you back?
We house a no-till drill, a terrace seeder, and a fabric layer. There is no significant rent charged for use of these items, the District charges only for maintenance purposes. Call the East Pott. SWCD office to reserve a timeslot for any rental equipment.
A Haybuster 10' drill is available for $15.00/acre with a $50 minimum use fee. The popularity of this service increases each season. Call to be on the reservation list. A lease/waiver is signed when checking it out. Each user is expected to clean it out and grease prior to returning.
The Air Seeder
Available for $25/day, this broadcast seeder is specifically designed to seed terraces, but may be used to seed area too wet to drive on such as new waterways.
The Fabric Layer
Petromat fabric is now required on all cost-shared waterways to slow down the flow of water allowing waterways to become better established. Check strips are placed 50-100 feet apart, depending on the slope. This machine is for use free of charge. No special hitch is required. The charge for the fabric is 15$/check strip in the waterway (20$/check strip over 20' wide). If the machine is used for other than waterways, the charge is 25 cents per foot for the fabric of $180 per roll of 3' x 600'.