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USDA Initiative Funds Statewide Demonstration Farms

Aaron Hird
(402) 437-4053

Farmers encouraged to apply for funding to establish demonstration farms to test soil health practices.

LINCOLN, Feb. 13, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has established a soil health initiative in Nebraska. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is leading a state-wide effort to enhance the adoption of soil health management systems through the Soil Health Demonstration Farms Initiative.  

The 2017 initiative sign up will continue to establish demonstration farms across the state to showcase soil health practices and related cropping system comparisons. Landowners interested in applying for funding to establish a soil health demonstration farm should submit their application to NRCS by March 17, 2017.

According to NRCS, the purpose of this initiative is to demonstrate soil health management systems applicable to various regions of Nebraska. The goal is to establish demonstration farms in each identified region (see map).

Producers approved under this initiative will be conducting strip trials of various cover crops, crop rotations, and/or management techniques. Producers will receive funding assistance to demonstrate soil health management by planting cover crops and conducting these comparisons. 

NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) will be used to fund this initiative. Producers selected will receive this EQIP funding for 5 years. 

For more information on the Soil Health Demonstration Farms Initiative, visit NRCS at the USDA Service Center or