Spencer, IA: (Jul 08, 2014) – Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey is announcing that $1.4 million in cost share funds are available to help Iowa farmers install new nutrient reduction practices.
The practices eligible for this funding are cover crops, no-till or strip till, or using a nitrification inhibitor when applying fertilizer.
The cost share rate for farmers planting cover crops is $25 per acre and for farmers trying no-till or strip till is $10 per acre. Farmers using a nitrification inhibitor when applying fall fertilizer can receive $3 per acre.
The funds are for farmers not already utilizing these practices on their farm. The funds will be made available on July 17th, but farmers can submit applications immediately at their local Soil & Water Conservation District office.
Last year, in just two weeks, over 1000 farmers signed up for cost share funding to implement nutrient reduction practices on 100,000 acres.
Northey says this latest round of funding follows a very successful effort last year.