USDA Farm Service Agency’s Soil Health and Income Protection Program (SHIPP) Pilot allows contracts with agricultural producers for perennial conservation covers on less-productive land in the prairie pothole states of Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, or South Dakota. Contract terms can be three, four, or five years. Annual rental payments will be made at 50% of the county average rental rate for the applicable county; the rate for beginning, limited resource, socially disadvantaged, and veteran farmers and ranchers will be 75%. No more than 15% of the eligible land per farm can be enrolled in SHIPP.
The application deadline has been extended until July 30, 2021.