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EQIP- Environmental Quality Incentives Program: EQIP is a voluntary conservation program of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality. This program is available to farmers, and offers financial and technical assistance to install or implement structural and management practices on eligible agricultural land. Applications for EQIP can be made at local NRCS offices.

The EQIP application is based on assistance and decisions reached with producers during the conservation planning process. EQIP applications are prioritized for funding using a state or locally developed ranking worksheet that generally considers cost-effectiveness, resources to be treated, meeting national EQIP priorities, compliance with federal, state or tribal environmental regulations or reducing the need for future regulations and, to a degree, the location of the contract. Funded EQIP applications result in a contract which lists the practices to be applied along with an application schedule and federal funds committed. Conservation practices applied with EQIP funds are to be maintained for the service life of the practice, which may be longer than the term of the EQIP contract. The minimum contract length is one year after the implementation of the last scheduled practice with a maximum length of ten years. The implemented practices are subject to NRCS technical standards. Farmers may elect to use NRCS or a Technical Service Provider for EQIP technical assistance.

Please give us a call or stop by our office for more program information and eligibility requirements.

For more information on EQIP, Please visit: http://www.ia.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/stateeqip.html


WHIP—Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program: WHIP provides cost-share reimbursement for wildlife habitat practices. WHIP funds are divided to pay for practices in four categories: Grassland, Forestland, Riverine, and Wildlife Habitat.

For more information on WHIP visit: http://www.ia.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/whip.html


CSP - Conservation Stewardship Program: CSP is designed to provide a financial incentive for landowners currently employing conservation minded farming practices such as no-till planting and rotational grazing. Signups only occur when money is allocated to the program.

For more information on CSP visit: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/new_csp/csp.html

CRPCRP - Conservation Reserve Program: CRP cost-shares on practices such as native prairie establishment and tree plantings on agricultural land. It also pays landowners an annual rental payment for up to 15 years. There are two ways to sign up for CRP: General and Continuous sign up.

General sign ups allow landowners to apply to put large tracts of highly erodible land that meet cropping history requirements into CRP. These applications are ranked and the top ranking applications are accepted into the program.

There is also a continuous sign-up for highly sensitive environmental areas such as riparian areas adjacent to waterways, wetlands, windbreaks, and living snow fences. Because continuous sign up CRP has standardized rental and cost share rates, landowners can see if their ground is eligible and estimate what their payments will be before even applying.

For more information on CRP visit: http://www.fsa.usda.gov


WRP - Wetland Reserve Program: Iowa landowners are interested in the wetland restoration programs for both environmental and economic reasons. The primary reason for participation is economic. Continuing to farm wet or frequently flooded marginal soils gives less financial return than does a wetland easement in a USDA program. Also important to the farmers entering the programs are the benefits wetlands give to wildlife and water quality.

Iowa's wetland restoration goal is to reestablish wetland ecosystems. Restoration activities typically include tile breaks, ditch plugs, shallow excavations, water control structures, and seedings of native grasses and forbs.

Under WRP, administered by the NRCS, landowners can restore wetlands by signing a permanent easement, a 30-year easement, or by restoring the land under a restoration cost share agreement.

For more information on WRP please visit: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/wrp/states/ia.html


GRP – Grassland Reserve Program: The grassland reserve program pays landowners to put an easement on their property guaranteeing that the land will remain grassland. Landowners can choose between a 10 year, 15 year, 20 year, or permanent easement.

For more information on GRP please visit: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/GRP


IFIP - Iowa Financial Incentive Program: IFIP is administered by the local Soil and Water Conservation District with policy and administrative assistance of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Division of Soil Conservation.

IFIP pays 50% financial incentive of the actual or estimated cost of practice installation, whichever is less.

For more information on IFIP, please visit: http://www.ia.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/Guide.html


REAP - Resource Enhancement and Protection Program: REAP is a program run by the state of Iowa. Depending on the individual programs REAP provides money for projects through state agency budgets or in the form of grants. Several aspects of REAP also encourage private contributions that help accomplish program objectives.

Based on their submitted proposal and allotment, REAP funds may be available for soil conservation practices through Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

For more information regarding REAP visit: http://www.iowareap.com