Iowa Cost Share Funds for Soil Health and Water Quality Practices

Iowa farmers and landowners can sign up for state cost share funds to help them adopt soil health and water quality practices, including planting cover crops, transitioning acres to no-till/strip-till soil management, or applying a nitrification inhibitor. Farmers who are planting cover crops for the first time are eligible for $25 per acre through the cost share fund. Farmers who have already experienced the benefits of using cover crops and are continuing the practice can receive $15 per acre. Producers transitioning acres to no-till or strip-till are eligible for $10 per acre, and may receive $3 per acre for applying fall fertilizer using a nitrapyrin nitrification inhibitor. Cost share funding through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is limited to 160 acres per farmer or landowner. The funds will be made available in July, but farmers can start submitting applications immediately through their local Soil and Water Conservation District offices.