Applications for Conservation Practice Funding Due April 1st
Farmers and rural landowners can apply for state funding for conservation practices through the Rock Island County Soil and Water Conservation District. The annual ranking deadline is April 1st; applications received after April 1st will be ranked the following year.
Practices eligible for cost share include Grassed Waterways, Grade Stabilization Structures, Water and Sediment Control basins, and decommissioning abandoned wells. Funding is also available for implementing cover crops, no-till and strip-till, if the practice has never been applied to that field. Severely eroded areas can be treated using Critical Area Planting. Pasture and hayland planting on cropland may also be eligible if the land meets erosion criteria and is maintained for a minimum of 5 or 10 years (depending on the seed mix). Diversions and terraces that are used to reduce soil erosion and water runoff qualify for state cost-sharing as well.
The best time to install practices such as grassed waterways is normally in the summer months; this allows seeding in early fall. A temporary cover practice is available on cropland that will be disturbed during construction of cost-shared structures; this practice receives a flat payment rate of $160/acre.
For more information, contact the Rock Island SWCD office at 309-764-1486, Ext. 3 or email Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org