NCRS offers funds for conservation practices reducing greenhouse gas
DES MOINES – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is offering financial assistance to Iowa agricultural producers for installing conservation practices reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Applications must be submitted by Thursday to be eligible for priority funding. A second application cutoff date has been set for March 15.
Through the Conservation Innovation Grant – Greenhouse Gas project, NRCS will provide technical and financial assistance for conservation practices, such as nutrient management, no-till, cover crops and conservation crop rotations.
Sponsors hope to determine if there is an opportunity for grain farmers to participate in emissions trading markets by identifying reductions in Nitrous Oxide emissions through improved fertilizer management.
Larry Beeler, NRCS assistant state conservationist for Programs in Iowa, said project participants will receive higher payment rates than typical Farm Bill Program participants who adopt new conservation practices. He said producers will be encouraged to share data with The Fertilizer Institute.
Iowa crop growers annually apply fertilizers to millions of acres of cropland. Changing application methods to better meet crop demands can have positive economic and environmental impacts.
For information, visit the local NRCS field office.