State Cost-Share Program:
Through the State Cost-Share program, landowners can request financial and technical assistance from their local SWCD’s for the implementation of conservation practices. Up to 75% cost-share funding is available for eligible practices. Program funding is limited so some projects also use cost-share dollars from other sources such as EQIP.
Federal Cost Share Programs:
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP): EQIP offers financial and technical help to assist eligible participants install or implement structural and management practices on eligible agricultural land. Persons who are engaged in livestock or agricultural production may participate in the EQIP program. EQIP may provide 50% cost-share of the costs of certain conservation practices. Incentive payments may be provided for up to three years to encourage producers to carry out management practices they may not otherwise use without the incentive. For additional information contact your local NRCS office at (507) 345-7418.
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP): This is a voluntary program administered through the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) for agricultural landowners. Through CRP, you can receive annual rental payments and cost-share assistance to establish long-term, resource conserving covers on eligible farmland. The contract duration is between 10 and 15 years. Producers can offer land for the CRP general sign-up enrollment only during designated sign-up periods. For information on upcoming sign-ups, contact your local FSA office at (507) 345-7418.
Continuous CRP: Environmentally desirable land devoted to certain conservation practices may be enrolled in CRP at any time under continuous sign-up. Offers are automatically accepted provided the land and producer meet certain eligibility requirements. Offers for continuous sign-up are not subject to competitive bidding. Continuous sign-up contracts are 10 to 15 years in duration. Eligible practices include riparian buffers, filter strips, grass waterways, and shelterbelts.
To be eligible for cost-share funding, the conservation practices must meet NRCS specifications. Due to the existing large workload and practice requirements, final plans may not be completed for up to one year for some projects.