|Most Conservation projects are constructed in the fall, just after harvest and before winter shutdown. Most landowners prefer doing work at this time, but there is never enough time to complete all of the projects before winter sets in. The NRD offers additional incentives to encourage more conservation projects being done on cropland to be done in the summer.
Terrace systems and water and sediment control basins on cropland are eligible if certified by the NRCS. These practices are designed to control the loss of topsoil and prevent small gullies that contribute to the siltation of streams and lakes. The Summer Conservation Programcost-sharing rate is an additional 10 percent, not to exceed 80 percent. The maximum cost-sharing amount for non-targeted areas increases from $10,000 to $15,000.
Projects completed between May 15th and September 1st are eligible for this increased cost-sharing rate.
Contact your local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Office to determine what soil and water conservation practices are needed and the most current information concerning this cost-share program in your county.
You local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Office will assist you with completing your application in Butler, Cass, Lancaster, Otoe, Saunders, and Seward counties.