The State of Iowa Cost Share Program offers landowners the opportunity to receive funds and technical assistance to help them install practices that preserve their highly productive soil, prevent erosion, and protect critical waterways.
Up to $8000 of assistance can be received per year for the installation of waterways, terraces, and water & sediment control basins. Earthwork, tile installation, and tile outlets are included.
Through this same program, producers who are first-time no tillers can receive a $10.00 per acre incentive payment up to 50 acres or $500. The benefits of no till include less soil erosion, improved soil quality, and more drought tolerance because of increased water infiltration and soil holding capacity. Producers can also save on fuel and time with fewer trips over the field.
All practices, including no-till, must be approved by the Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) commissioners before the work is started. To apply landowners or tenants should stop by the SWCD office at 314 Lake Street in Cherokee. Interested parties should plan to start the application process six months to a year before wanting to complete the project. For more information call 225-3769 or 225-4151.