Financial Incentives

July 23, 2011

Cost Share, Grants, Financing, Loans and “Green” Payments

We are uniquely qualified to help you identify the state and federal programs that may help provide financial help for manure management practices, adopting conservation tillage and adding more conservation practices.

A variety of state and federal programs offer financial assistance for farmers and landowners who want to adopt practices that manage nutrients and protect water quality and enhance the environment in other ways. These include the USDA’s Conservation Stewaradship Program (CSP), Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) the Environmental Quality Incentive (EQIP) and Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP.)

Through the USDA’s Mississippi River Basin Initiative (MRBI), some Iowa Soil and Water Conservation Districts may offer financial incentives for adopting no-till and strip-till, cover crops, nutrient management and other practices.

Minnesota’s Ag Best Management Practices Loan Fund

Since 1995, the Minnesota AG BMP fund has provided more than $51 million in low-interest loans to farmers, landowners and ag supply companies for more than 10,000 projects that enhance water quality. This includes loans for manure storage, feedlots improvements and conservation tillage equipment.

Iowa Conservation Program Guide

Information on programs and grants from the NRCS, FSA and other programs. We work primarily with CRP, CSP, District initiatives, EQIP, Iowa Financial Incentives Cost share, State Revolving Fund, and State Watershed Protection Practices.