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Association of Conservation Districts
Through the State Cost Share Program, landowners or occupiers
can request financial and technical assistance from our SWCD office to
implement state-approved (as per BWSR guidelines) conservation
practices. This program was originally approved by the Minnesota
State Legislature in 1977 and provides up to 75 percent of the total
eligible costs of a practice. Eligible practices include;
grassed waterways, terraces, grade stabilization structures and water
and sediment control basins. If you are in need of assistance
contact our SWCD at (507) - 373-5607 for more information.
Remember your project must be approved by the SWCD Board of Supervisors
before construction begins.
LEGACY ACT COST SHARE
Funds available through the Clean Water Legacy Act
in the Cobb River Watershed of Northwestern Freeborn County.
Landowners in this watershed now have a new source of funding for needed
conservation practice establishment. Clean Water Legacy funds are
available to cover up to 75% of project costs, not to exceed $20,000 per
application. Examples of projects that would be considered
include: Terraces or Water & Sediment Control Basins; Grade
Stabilization Structures; Grass Waterways and Diversions.
This is a one time "special" cost share opportunity that made not be
offered in the future. All projects must be completed by June
MINNESOTA (RIM) & CONSERVATION
RESERVE ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM (CREP)
Landowners are paid a percentage to the assessed value of their
land to voluntarily enroll it in a conservation easement. A
variety of land types are eligible, including wetland restoration areas,
riparian agricultural lands, marginal cropland, pastured hillsides, and
sensitive groundwater areas. After land is enrolled, it is managed
under a conservation plan, which generally included items like wetland
restoration, native grass plantings and tree plantings.
RESERVE PROGRAM & CONTINUOUS CONSERVATION RESERVE PROGRAM (CRP & CCRP)
The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is
a voluntary program for agricultural landowners. Through CRP, you can
receive annual rental payments and cost-share assistance to establish
long-term, resource conserving covers on eligible farmland.
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) makes annual rental payments
based on the agriculture rental value of the land, and it provides
cost-share assistance for up to 50 percent of the participant's costs in
establishing approved conservation practices. Participants enroll in CRP
contracts for 10 to 15 years. Contact your local FSA
office for more information. (507) 373-7960
STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM (CSP)
CSP is a voluntary conservation program that supports ongoing
stewardship of private agricultural lands by providing payments for
maintaining and enhancing natural resources. CSP identifies and
rewards those farmers and ranchers who are meeting the highest standards
of conservation and environmental management on their operations.
In addition, CSP creates powerful incentives for other producers to meet
those same standards of conservation performance. In short, CSP
rewards the best and motivates the rest. Through these rewards and
incentives, CSP builds a foundation of natural resource conservation
that will provide benefits to the public for generations to come.
QUALITY INCENTIVES PROGRAM (EQIP)
The EQIP program continues
to fund many needed conservation practices for farm owners and operators
in Freeborn County. EQIP is a voluntary conservation program which
supports needs of agriculture and environmental concerns through
financial incentives and cost share payments. Another big benefit of
EQIP is that all technical planning and engineering is completed by NRCS
and our SWCD partners. This technical assistance provides the planning,
survey, engineering design, design layout, and engineering oversight.
Projects may take 10 to over 200 hours which with a conservative
estimate would cost the landowner $500 to $10,000. Many projects would
not get done if the landowner had to pay for this service.
RESERVE PROGRAM (GRP)
More info to come.
HABITAT INCENTIVE PROGRAM (WHIP)
WHIP is another cost share program which assists landowners through
financial and technical planning. The goal is to develop or improve
wildlife habitat on private lands. Most projects are in upland
landscapes and forested areas. Funding for our current projects is for
timber stand improvement, control of noxious weeds and new grass
RESERVE PROGRAM (WRP)
WRP is a voluntary program
that offers landowners financial and technical assistance to enroll land
into an easement (30 year or permanent) or develop a restoration
agreement (10 year-no easement). The goal is to protect, restore or
enhance wetlands for the many environmental benefits which are provided
by wetland habitat. Each option provides planning and technical
assistance associated with implementing the plan which generally
includes various degrees of engineering for construction of the wetland
practices. The easement options also provide a financial settlement
based on a land appraisal for the property rights on the easement. The
program also covers legal, land survey, and land appraisal cost which
can be significant.