Launch into Conservation!

If you wonder what it’s like to be Elon Musk and attract investors before you launch a project, we have some good news for you! We have cost-share funds to “invest” in your conservation ventures. Contact conservation staff from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, or the Black Hawk County Natural Resources Conservation Service. Call (319) 296-3262 or (515) 318-9857. We’d be happy to talk about any of the following:

Cover Crops – Sign up now while funding and seed are readily available. Our special watershed projects in Miller and Rock Creeks pay up to $30 dollars per acre. Other programs in the county will pay from $15 to $25. Federal programs pay cost-share too. You may be eligible for one or several of these opportunities. You’ve planned for your cash crop – now is a good time to plan for your soil health.

Edge-of-Field Projects – Wetlands, saturated buffers, and woodchip bioreactors remove nitrates from water leaving your farm. State and federal funds can be combined to pay 100% of the costs. Do a favor for those downstream when you want to, instead of later when you might have to. It’s appreciated, and it’s currently cost free. Call Clark Porter at (515) 318-9857.

Grassed waterways, prairie strips, no-till, nutrient management, the list goes on... Federal and state cost-share funds will invest with you in practices that preserve your farm and your legacy.

Dream big and contact us soon. You don’t have to pay us back. The only dividend we expect is healthier soil on your farm and cleaner water for everyone.


Clark Porter, IDALS Environmental Specialist, 515-318-9857

Jenna Curran, IDALS Conservation Assistant, 319- 296-3262

Tylar Midden, NRCS Soil Conservationist, 319-296-3262

Or visit the Black Hawk County Soil and Water Conservation District website at: