Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced today that more than $6.75 million is available to help landowners install conservation practices. This is part of a decades long cost-share program that encourages putting in buffers, waterways, and ponds.
The past few years had some districts include cover crops as part of the conservation program. Northey says the program is a partnership to prevent erosion and protect water quality. Farmers can apply at local Soil and Water Conservation District offices and receive assistance of up to 50 % of the cost of the project.
Five percent of the total funds will be used to protect several publicly owned lakes. The cost share for those projects can be up to 75 % of the cost of the project.