Northey announces conservation aid

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey recently announced that more than $6.75 million is available to help farmers and landowners install conservation practices through the state cost share program. Farmers can contact their local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) offices to apply for assistance of up to 50 percent of the cost of the project.

“The cost share program is a partnership between the state and local landowners to help get conservation practices on the land that prevent erosion and better protect water quality. Now is the time for farmers to plan ahead … so they are ready to move ahead with construction of the practices as soon as the crops are out of the field this fall,” Northey said.

Conservation practices eligible for assistance through this program include terraces, waterways, ponds, buffers, cover crops, and several other conservation practices.