Cost Share Programs

Nebraska Soil and Water Conservation Program (NSWCP)

The Lewis & Clark Natural Resources District (LCNRD) in cooperation with the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) administers the Nebraska Soil and Water Conservation Program (NSWCP). An annual appropriation of over $100,000 is available through the program for qualifying conservation practices within LCNRD. The program provides reimbursement costs for the installation of approved practices (see below). The LCNRD provides cost share to supplement the state program. Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) guidelines must be followed to be eligible. The practice, once installed, must be maintained for 10 years.

 

65% cost-share is available for the following practices:

  • Stream bank stabilization practices
  • Trees and/or grass plantings
  • Terraces
  • Waterways
  • Windbreak renovation
  • Diversions
  • Planned grazing systems

 

50% cost-share is available for the following practices:

  • Irrigation water management
  • Small grade stabilization dams
  • Brush management

 

Sign up at your local NRCS office anytime. Applications are approved when funds are available.

Local farmer holding a beet.

Established cover crop, including turnips.

 

Lewis and Clark Natural Resources District Cost Share

The Lewis and Clark Natural Resources District (LCNRD) provides cost share to supplement the state program. Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) guidelines must be followed to be eligible. The practice, once installed, must be maintained for 10 years.

 

50% cost-share is available for the following practices:

  • Cover Crops
  • Deep Soil Testing - Bazile Ground Water Management Area (BGMA  only)

65% cost-share is available for the following practices:

  • SNIP (Siphoning Nitrates with Irrigated Pasture - Bazile Ground Water Management Area (BGMA only)

We also provide cost share on tree plantings, windbreaks, and the Habitat Program. 

          

Windbreak

 

Small Grains Incentive Program

The Lewis & Clark Natural Resources District (LCNRD) and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) are working together to provide producers in the LCNRD a financial incentive to plant small grains.

 

  • Incentive payment of $8 per acre during the year a small grain is grown as part of a crop rotation.
  • The program can be used in conjunction with the EQIP Program.
  • Additional payments are available for post-harvest practices that benefit wildlife.
  • Program funding is allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Project Brochure
  • Notice of Intent Form

 

Adding small grains to your crop rotation can have multiple benefits. Producers can experience improved soil health, reduced erosion, and better water quality. Small grains benefit the local wildlife by providing nesting cover, brood cover, winter cover, and serving as a food source.

 

Contact the Hartington, Bloomfield, or Ponca Natural Resources Conservation Service  (NRCS) offices for more information.

 

Pheasant

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