The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) offers voluntary programs to eligible landowners and agricultural producers to provide financial and technical assistance to help manage natural resources in a sustainable manner. Through these programs the agency approves contracts to provide financial assistance to help plan and implement conservation practices that address natural resource concerns or opportunities to help save energy, improve soil, water, plant, air, animal and related resources on agricultural lands and non-industrial private forest land.
The State Revolving Loan Fund is a low interest program available specifically to assist and encourage landowners to address non-point source pollution of Iowa streams and lakes. Check out this YouTube video about Dairy farmer, Tim Huhe, who used the SRF loan program to have the best manure management plan for his farm.
No Interest Loans are available to eligible landowners for the construction of permanent soil conservation practices.
The Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a voluntary program that helps agricultural producers use environmentally sensitive land for conservation benefits. CRP participants plant long-term, resource-conserving covers to improve the quality of water and air, control soil erosion and enhance wildlife habitat. In return, FSA provides participants with rental payments and cost-share assistance.
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship- Division of Soil Conservation & Water Quality (IDALS-DSCWQ) offers voluntary programs to eligible landowners and producers to provide financial assistance for various conservation practices. Complete an online application.
Practices built with IFIP funds are under a maintance agreement for a number of years, depending on the practice. Maintenance Agreement checklists help recipients know what is expected from them after their practice has been installed.
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