It took less than a week for Iowa farmers to snap up 1.4 million dollars in cost share funds to help install new nutrient reduction practices on their farms.
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship received applications covering near 60-thousand acres from 597 different farmers seeking to participate in the program. The vast majority of the applications were for cover crops with the rest seeking help with nitrification inhibitors, no-till and strip-till.
Iowa secretary of agriculture Bill Northey calls the response “tremendous”. He says it shows once again that farmers are committed to using voluntary, science-based conservation practices to continue to improve water quality.
The cost-share program is part of the Iowa Water Quality Initiative.