Cost-Share Programs

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

EQIP provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers in order to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, reduced soil erosion and sedimentation or improved or created wildlife

*Practices approved for funding include: nutrient and pest management, terraces, grade stabilization structures, waterways and hay land plantings.

*Applicants will complete a conservation plan and agree to complete practices and required documentation.

*Anyone wanting to apply for the next round of funding may apply at the NRCA office at the USDA Service Center in Council Bluffs, IA.

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 Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)

The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a voluntary program for agricultural landowners.  Through CRP, you can receive annual rental payments and cost-share assistance to establish long-term, resource conserving covers on eligible farmland.  The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) makes annual rental payments based on the agricultural rental value of the land, and it provides cost-share assistance for up to 50 percent of the participants costs in establishing approved conservation practices.  Participants enroll in CRP contracts for 10 to 15 years.

The program is administered by the CCC, Farm Service Agency (FSA), and program support is provided by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Cooperative State Research and Education Extension Service, state forestry agencies and the local Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

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Conservation Stewardship Program

The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance for the conservation, protection, and improvement of soil, water, air, energy,  and other conservation purposes on Tribal and private lands.  The CSP will help owners and operators of agricultural lands maintain conservation stewardship and implement and maintain additional needed conservation practices. The conservation benefits gained will keep farms and ranches more sustainable and profitable and increase the benefits provided to all Americans through improved natural resources.  The program provides payments for producers who practice good stewardship on their agricultural lands and incentives for those who want to do more.  CSP assistance was authorized in the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (Farm Bill).

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Resource Enhancement And Protection (REAP)

These funds are available to landowners for soil and water conservation and enhancement projects and practices.  Project money is directed towards protecting the state's surface and ground water resources from point and non-point sources of contamination.  Practices money is directed towards reforestation, woodland protection and enhancement, wildlife habitat preservation and enhancement, protection of highly erodible soils, and water quality protection.  Soil and Water Conservation Districts designate high priority watersheds in which REAP funds can be expended.  Districts may also designate animal waste as a priority.

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Low- Interest Loan Program

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The Low-Interest Linked Deposit Loan Program makes conservation affordable with 3% interest rates and payments spread out over time.  All projects that are eligible for State Cost Share/ IFIP, REAP and EQIP are eligible for a low interest loan.  Examples are grade stabilization structures, terraces, water & sediment control basins, hoop buildings, manure storage structures and prescribed grazing.  Applications are accepted at any time during the year.

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State Cost Share Program

The Iowa Financial Incentive Program is administered by the local Soil and Water Conservation District with policy and the administrative assistance of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Division of Soil Conservation.  The state cost share program will provide up to 50% financial assistance of the actual or estimated cost, whichever is less.  Contact the West Pottawattamie County Soil and Water Conservation District for cost sharing policies.

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