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For more information about these opportunities, or to apply, please contact Marcy McBride at (319) 337-2322, Option 3, or email her.

Federal Programs

Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)

CRP is a land conservation program administered by FSA. In exchange for a yearly rental payment, farmers enrolled in the program agree to remove environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production and plant species that will improve environmental health and quality. Contracts for land enrolled in CRP are 10-15 years in length. The long-term goal of the program is to re-establish valuable land cover to help improve water quality, prevent soil erosion, and reduce loss of wildlife habitat.

Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

CSP encourages land stewards to improve their conservation performance by installing and adopting additional activities, and improving, maintaining, and managing existing activities on agricultural land and nonindustrial private forest land.

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

EQIP provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, increased soil health and reduced soil erosion and sedimentation, improved or created wildlife habitat, and mitigation against increasing weather volatility.

State Programs

Water Quality Initiatives (WQI)

The Water Quality Initiative was established to assist with implementation activities of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, including cost share for water quality practices on urban and rural landscapes.

Iowa Financial Incentive Program (IFIP)

IFIP offers voluntary programs to eligible landowners and producers to provide financial assistance for various conservation practices.

Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP-P and REAP F&G)

REAP provides funding to soil and water conservation districts to address local water quality protection needs. The principal objective of the Water Quality Protection program is to protect water quality in Iowa by targeting and preventing off-site sediment, nutrient and livestock waste pollution problems. This program complements the cost share program’s objectives to control soil erosion and protect land productivity.

State Revolving Loan Fund Low Interest Loans

SRF Loans are a new source of low-cost financing available to landowners. This opportunity is available specifically to assist and encourage landowners to address non-point source pollution of Iowa streams and lakes.

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