Financial incentive programs of the IDALS Division of Soil Conservation are authorized by Iowa Code and program details are outlined in Section 27, Iowa Administrative Code. Please note the following summary, or click here to view IAC Section 27, Chapters 10, 11, 12 and 21 in their entirety.
Agricultural Production: Financial incentive funds are available for use on privately owned land used for agricultural production. “Agricultural production” means the commercial production of food or fiber. Tracts of land used for agricultural production which are less than ten acres in size and from which less than $2500 of agricultural products are sold annually may not qualify for funds.
Conservation Cover: If a tract of agricultural land has not been plowed or used for growing row crop at any time within the prior 15 years, it is classified as agricultural land under conservation cover. If that tract is plowed or used for growing row crop, the cost-share rate will be limited to one-half the otherwise applicable rate. An applicant who knowingly makes a false statement of material facts in entering into a cost-share application commits a simple misdemeanor; and, in addition to the penalty prescribed therefore by law, shall repay the Division of Soil Conservation any financial incentive funds obtained in reliance on the false statement.
Contract Sales: If land is being sold on contract, both the contract buyer and the contract seller must sign the application for financial incentive funds.
District Cooperator: As an applicant in a financial incentive program, you agree to become a District Cooperator. As such, the District will provide to you technical assistance in planning, applying, and maintaining soil conservation and water management practices on a tract of land. In addition, authorization is granted to District representatives for ingress and egress upon the land.
Government Units: Funds shall not be used to reimburse units of government for implementing soil and water conservation practices.
Maintenance and Repair: Costs for maintenance and repair of an existing practice are not eligible for funding during the period the practice is covered by a maintenance agreement.
Priority Ranking: Each application for financial incentive funds will be evaluated under the priority system adopted by the Soil and Water Conservation District, which shall be made available for review at the District office.