Links to state, federal, and other cost share resources can be found below. Drake University’s Agricultural Law Center has compiled a comprehensive guide to available cost share programs for farmers and landowners. To access their guide, just follow the link - “How to Improve Water Quality on Iowa Farms”.
If you don’t know where to start, follow the Contact Us link below and we can walk you through it. If you farm or own land in the Middle Cedar watershed your conservation assessment is free!
Midwest ag Rcpp and EQIP
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is the primary federal funding source for water quality practices in the Middle Cedar. Funding is available for both structural and management practices that improve environmental outcomes on working farmland. The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and others are also available to eligible participants. Stop by your local USDA Service Center to see which programs best fit your needs.
Middle Cedar wma
The Middle Cedar Watershed Management Authority (MCWMA) was formed as a result of a nearly $97 million grant awarded to the State of Iowa from the US Housing and Urban Development under the title, "Iowa Watershed Approach" (IWA). The MCWMA is filed through the State under a 28-E agreement. Its members consist of Cities, Counties, and Soil and Water Conservation Districts. The MCWMA works collectively to address water quality, water quantity, and other environmental issues that cross jurisdictional boundaries.
iowa Water quality initiative (wqi)
The Iowa Water Quality Initiative (WQI) is the action plan for the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. WQI funding for structural and management practices is administered through IDALS. Applications are available at your local USDA Service Center or through your county Soil and Water Conservation District.
Iowa Seed Association
The Iowa Seed Association provides cost share assistance to growers in the Middle Cedar to integrate cover crops into hybrid seed corn production systems. If you raise seed corn, contact your company representative or follow the link below to learn more.