AGRIBUSINESS: Money Available for Farmers Trying Nutrient Reduction Strategies

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Cost share funds are back this summer for farmers who want to try new nutrient reduction practices.

Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey announced Tuesday that $1.4 million in cost share funds are available to help farmers. 
The cost share is only for up to 160 acres but farmers can get $25 dollars per acre for trying cover crops and $10 dollars an acre for trying no-till or strip till. Farmers that already use these practices are ineligible.
The funds are part of the Iowa Water Quality Initiative. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship received $4.4 million to use for fiscal year 2015.
Last year the cost share was very popular. In two weeks more than 1,000 farmers signed up 100,000 acres. The State provided $2.8 million last year