On Tuesday, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced funds are prepared for farmers wanting to install nutrient reduction practices.First-time users can apply for $25 an acre for cover crop, $10 an acre to no-till or strip till, and $3 for adding a nitrification inhibitor while applying fall fertilizer. Farmers who have used cover crops could still be eligible for $15 an acre. Those eligible, can only cost share up to 160 acres.
The funds are available in July, but applications can be submitted to a local Soil and Water Conservation District office now.The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship received $4.4 million for the Iowa Water Quality Initiative in fiscal 2015.
In the two years the program has been available more than 1,400 farmers have put in nutrient reduction practices on more than a 144,000 acres.