Signup for Conservation Cost Share
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Applications are now being accepted for 2013 conservation cost-share funds through the North Platte Natural Resources District. Cost-share programs are available to landowners in Banner, Garden, Morrill, Scotts Bluff and southern Sioux Counties for soil, water and range conservation improvements.
Applications can be submitted between March 25th and April 5th at USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) offices in Scottsbluff, Bridgeport, and Oshkosh. According to North Platte NRD manager Ron Cacek, this year's applications will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis and limited to one application per landowner.
The Conservation Cost-Share Program reimburses cooperating landowners for a portion of the costs of installing conservation practices on their farm or ranch. The NRCS provides technical assistance to the landowner for the installation. In most cases, the cost-share rate is 50 or 65 percent of the actual or average cost (whichever is less). Maximum annual payment per landowner per practice is $3,000. Applicants must receive approval from the North Platte NRD Board of Directors before beginning work.
Eligible practices include windbreak planting (65 percent cost-share rate) with a minimum of 300 trees planted; irrigation water management (50 percent) to conserve ground water and surface water by improving water use efficiency on irrigated lands; and planned grazing systems (50 percent) to reduce erosion and improve water quality by maintaining or improving plant cover for increased forage production, enhanced wildlife habitat, grazing uniformity, and water use efficiency.
Other eligible practices include terrace systems (65 percent); livestock water facilities (50 percent); irrigation tailwater recovery pits (50 percent); grade stabilization structures (65 percent); diversions (65 percent); grassed waterways (65 percent); range seeding or pasture planting (65 percent); and stream bank stabilization (65 percent).
For more information, contact your local NRCS office or the North Platte NRD in Scottsbluff at (308) 632-2749. You can also visit our website, www.npnrd.org.
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