Iowa Water Quality Initiative

Are you covered?

Cost share funds available to first time and repeat users of cover crops! Funds are also available for first time use of no-till/strip-till or nitrification inhibitors when applying fertilizer.


Visit your local Soil & Water Conservation District (county USDA service center) to sign up today!



$25 per acre: first time users of cover crops

$15 per acre: repeat users of cover crops

$10 per acre: first time users of no-till or strip-till

$3 per acre: first time users of nitrification inhibitors when applying fertilizer

Farmers are eligible for cost share on up to 160 acres. 


Don't delay! 

First time users that apply by July 24 will be the first applications funded.

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Working together to make a positive impact on water quality

Iowa has been working for decades to protect and improve water quality. However, more can be done.

We can continue to make a difference by implementing science- and technology-based measures on our farms and in our cities across Iowa. Let's work together to continue our proud tradition of leaving our land and water in better shape for future generations.

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Little Changes Make a Big Difference

Bill Northey

"As farmers, we can make changes one farm at a time that together can have a big impact on water quality. Let's all work together to implement practices and build structures that improve water quality. We understand that every farm is different, so pick what works best for you. I encourage you to explore this website for more information or visit your local Soil and Water Conservation District office to learn more."

Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture