There are state, federal and other financial assistance programs available for implementing 4R Plus nutrient stewardship, and agronomic and conservation practices, including the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Water Quality Initiative, Environmental Quality Incentives Program, the Conservation Stewardship Program, the Conservation Reserve Program and others.
You can check with your county Soil and Water Conservation District office for information on these and other cost share programs.
Click on the county in the map below for contact information about the county Soil and Water Conservation District staff members and District Commissioners who can provide assistance and details on technical and financial programs.
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship provides a step-by-step guide to the cost share process. Click on the cost share infographic link below. Additional information is available through the Natural Resources Conservation Service Iowa.
Drake University Agriculture Law Center professors Neil Hamilton and Matt Russell have created this guide to help Iowa farmers and landowners use public programs to improve water quality and promote soil health on their farmland. It identifies key practices funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS), Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD).
Through private supply chain partnerships, Practical Farmers of Iowa is offering cost share programs for the fall of 2021. These programs are in addition to any publicly funded cover crop cost share you receive. View the infographic to learn more about opportunities that may be available in your area.
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and partners worked with the USDA Risk Management Agency to establish this project aimed at expanding cover crops in Iowa. Eligible applications can receive up to $5 per acre for cover crops. Farmers are encouraged to wait to apply until their cover crop seeding has been completed.