Through the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI), NRCS is offering financial and technical assistance to farmers interested in improving water quality and aquatic habitats in priority watersheds with impaired streams. NRCS will help producers implement conservation and management practices through a systems approach to control and trap nutrient and manure runoff. Qualified producers will receive assistance for installing conservation practices such as cover crops, filter strips and terraces.
Iowa NRCS has established two cutoff dates for applicants in approved NWQI watersheds for 2013. The first cutoff date will be April 19, 2013. A second cutoff date has been established for May 17, 2013.
Farmers in the Lost Branch-Chariton River Watershed - which covers portions of Wayne and Lucas Counties in southern Iowa - may be eligible for edge-of-field water quality monitoring. This practice addresses three primary purposes: 1. evaluate conservation system performance, 2. validate and calibrate models, and 3. inform on-farm adaptive management. To sign up for edge-of-field water quality monitoring, the application deadline is June 14, 2013. Visit the NRCS office in Corydon or Chariton for more information, or email District Conservationist Mark Fehseke.
For farmers in the Badger Creek Watershed, the NWQI project has a limit to $75,000 to fund cover crops in fiscal year 2013, and a limit of 500 acres per applicant for cover crops.