Linn County Soil and Water Conservation District

Cost-Share Program

Cost-Share Program Brochure PDF

A portion of the parks, soils and water sales tax is used for Missouri landowners that implement soil and water conservation practices, which are available through the state cost-share program. These practices conserve soil, which consequently improves water quality by reducing sedimentation in our rivers and streams. The practices reduce soil erosion by a variety of methods that may include increasing crop residue, improving vegetation, diversion or containment of water to facilitate slower release, protection of streambanks and forested areas from livestock, and reduction of wind erosion.

Please contact our office at the number listed below for further information on our cost-share assistance program.

State Cost-Share Practices

Gully, Sheet and Rill Erosion
DSL1-Permanent Vegetative Cover Establishment (Seeding) - Cost-share assistance available for lime and fertilizer, eligible seed, seeding operation, and seedbed preparation. Cost-share assistance is limited to the minimum amount of lime, fertilizer and seed(s) needed to establish adequate cover to control erosion.
DSL2-Permanent Vegetative Cover Improvement (Seeding) - Cost-share assistance available for seeding of legumes into permanent vegetation and for lime, fertilizer and chemicals necessary to establish legumes. Cost-share assistance is limited to the minimum amount of lime, fertilizer and seed(s) needed to establish adequate cover to control erosion.
DSL4-Terrace Systems - Cost-share assistance is authorized for terraces and the necessary leveling and filling to permit installation of an effective system. Materials and installation of underground pipe outlets and other mechanical outlets as part of this practice and necessary vegetative protective cover on outlets, waterways, or steep slopes of terraces are also authorized. Applicable to cropland subject to erosion from water runoff.
DSL5-Diversions - Cost-share assistance for diversions, ditches, dikes or subsurface drains where necessary for the proper functioning of the diversion. Consideration will be given to the needs of wildlife during the design and application of this practice.
DSL11-Permanent Vegetative Cover: Critical Areas - Cost-share assistance for shaping and seeding down critical areas (such as gullies, banks, roadsides, field borders, and similar problem areas) on farms which are susceptible to erosion or where runoff, carrying substantial amounts of a sediment, constitutes a significant pollution hazard, or where both exist.
DSL111-Permanent Vegetative Cover: Confined Animal Feed Lots - Cost-share assistance for shaping and seeding down critical areas created around confined feed lots which are susceptible to erosion or where runoff carrying substantial amounts of a sediment, constitutes a significant pollution hazard, or where both exist.
DSL15- No-Till Systems - Cost-share assistance is available for no till farming systems with residue management to protect soil from wind and water erosion, stop or reduce pollution from sediment and chemically contaminated runoff from agricultural non-point sources and to conserve energy.
DWC1-Water Impoundment-Reservoirs (Ponds) - Cost-share assistance is available to build structures that provide erosion control benefits and may also provide water for agricultural uses, including livestock water, irrigation of permanent vegetation cover, or fire protection.
DWP1-Sediment Retention, Erosion, or Water-Control Structure - Cost-share assistance is available to install a drop pipe or create a dry hole structure to fix specific problem areas on farms where runoff of substantial amounts of sediment or runoff containing pesticides or fertilizers constitute a significant pollution hazard.
DWP3-Sod Waterway - Cost-share assistance is available for site preparation, grading, shaping, filling and establishing permanent non-woody vegetative cover on farmland needing permanent sod waterways to convey excess surface runoff water in a manner that will reduce erosion. Cost-share assistance is also authorized for subsurface drains that are necessary for proper functioning of the waterway.
N380-Windbreak/Shelterbelt Establishment - Cost-share assistance is available to protect growing plants and improve irrigation efficiency to maintain water quality in any area where woody plants are suited.


Woodland Erosion
C100-Timber Harvest Plans - Proper design and implementation of management practices on logging roads, stream crossing, log landings and other measures during timber harvest where landowner is planning timber sale. Incentive payments may apply.
DFR4-Forest Plantation - Cost-share assistance is available to convert marginal soils to less intensive use and to reduce soil erosion from agricultural sources. Cost-share is authorized for seed or seedlings, seedbed preparation, necessary herbicides, and seeding or planting. Cost-share for fencing is included to protect newly planted forest from livestock. Minimum size of planting is 1 acre.
DFR5-Woodland Protection Through Livestock Exclusion (Fence) - Cost-share assistance for fencing existing woodland areas susceptible to excessive erosion due to livestock grazing. For the special purpose of this practice, riparian areas (stream floodplain) and upland soils with slopes exceeding 10 percent are exempted from the program requirement of excessive erosion.
N472-Use Exclusion - Cost-share authorized for permanent fencing. One time out-of-production incentive payment of $5/acre may apply, not to exceed 100 acres per cost-share application for excluded area.
N655-Restoration of Skid Trails, Logging Roads - Cost-share assistance is available for the treatment of active gulley erosion on existing skid trails, logging roads, stream crossings, and log landings that have been improperly constructed during a timber harvest. Maximum payment shall not exceed $1,500 per gulley and has a landowner maximum of $6,000 for this practice.


Irrigation Management
N442-Irrigation Systems, Sprinklers - Cost-share assistance is available for replacement of a sprinkler system’s existing sprinklers or nozzles with those that increase system efficiency. The field must have been irrigated three of the last five years.
N443-Irrigation System, Surface and Subsurface - Cost-share assistance is available for surge valves and /or improved water distribution pads for furrow irrigation systems and side-inlet flood irrigation systems according to the requirements of the Irrigation System Surface standard. The field must have been irrigated three of the last five years.
N447-Irrigation System, Tailwater Recovery- Cost-share assistance is available for installation of all components (pipeline and appurtenances, water control structures, earthen reservoirs or delivery systems, pumps, and pump stations) according to the requirements of the Irrigation System-Tailwater recovery standard. The field must have been irrigated three of the last five years.
N430-Irrigation Water Conveyance - Cost-share assistance is available for system components including underground pipeline, trenching and backfill, outlets, check valves, pressure-relief valves, air-release valves, joints and connections. The field must have been irrigated three of the last five years for up to 75% cost share. Fields that do not meet this irrigation history can be approved at no more than 50% cost-share.
N587-Structure for Water Control- Cost-share assistance is available for pipe materials, weir boxes added to existing grade stabilization structures and permanent pads.
N554-Drainage Water Management- Cost-share assistance is available for main and lateral line materials; installation of main and lateral lines; and pipes and appurtenances.


Grazing Management
DSP3.1-Grazing System Water Development - Cost-share assistance is available to develop a water source (well, pond or spring development) for a planned grazing system up to a maximum of $95/acre. The acres to be considered for the per-acre maximum will only be the acres within the paddocks served by the water source development. Cost-share will be provided based on size and type of water to be given to existing water sources. Eligible items allowed under the pond construction include labor, earthwork, principle spillway pipe, water line pipe, materials for limited access watering, fence, lime fertilizer, seed, seedbed preparation and mulch needed for the critical area seeding of the pond. Eligible items allowed under well construction include the well drilling, casing, grout, liner, well house, submersible pump, pressure tank, wire from pump to control box, check valves, splice kits, pitless adaptors, torque arrestors, pump seals and fittings and seals for the well itself. Eligible items allowed under the spring development include spring collection pipe, spring collection box, excavation and labor to develop the spring and fencing of site. Grazing school is required to participate in grazing system practices with the soil and water conservation district, please see district personnel for dates available.
DSP3.2-Grazing System Water Distribution - Cost-share assistance available for components needed to distribute water throughout a grazing system to a maximum of $85/acre. The acres to be considered for the per-acre maximum will only be the acres within the paddocks served by the water distribution system. Water distribution will only be allowed on existing systems if the number of paddocks is increased or acreage is added to the current system. The exception to this is that water can be distributed to paddocks that have not previously contained a water source without requiring additional fencing (systems that have involved moving livestock through lanes to a central water source). Where a watering facility installed with state cost-share exists in a paddock, no cost-share will be provided for enhancement of that watering facility. Cost-share will be provided for installing pipeline from a water source to a water distribution point(s) for livestock watering within the grazing system. Pipeline and components that do not provide water to one or more paddocks in the system, but serve lots, buildings, and area that are not part of the grazing system are not eligible for cost-share. Eligible items include labor, trenching, pipe, hydrants, limited access watering sites on ponds, water tanks, limited stream access and other materials required to complete the water distribution for the grazing system. Grazing school is required to participate in grazing system practices with the soil and water conservation district, please see district personnel for dates available.
DSP3.3-Grazing System Fence - Property line perimeter fence and fence along roads or lanes used to travel to a residence are not eligible for cost-share. Crop fields that are mechanically harvested are not eligible for cost-share on fence. This practice will provide up to 75 percent cost-share for interior fencing components needed to install or intensify a grazing system up to a maximum of $60/acre. Any fence constructed must increase the number of paddocks in the system. The acres to be considered for the per-acre maximum will only be the acres within the paddocks where new fencing is installed. Construction of fencing will only be allowed on existing systems if the number of paddocks is increased or acreage is added to the current system. Cost-share will be provided based upon the least-cost wire component which in most cases will be high tensile electric; however other types of wire may be installed. The number of strands of wire allowed must be appropriate for the livestock species the system is currently being used/built for. Cost-share is allowed for an offset wire on perimeter fencing if required. Fencing items eligible for cost-share to construct deterrent fencing and cross-fencing for a livestock grazing system in the $60 maximum per acre include: labor, posts, wire, gates, high tensile electric fence, energizers, energizer installation and accessories and water gap components. Grazing school is required to participate in grazing system practices with the soil and water conservation district, please see district personnel for dates available.
DSP 3.4-Grazing System Lime - Cost-share assistance to provide up to 75 percent cost-share for a one-time application of limestone according to soil test recommendations, up to a maximum of $50/acre. The paddocks need to be part of an existing grazing system which meets the Standards and Specifications for Prescribed Grazing. Lime may be applied in a split application if a large amount of effective neutralizing material (ENM) is needed. The surface application of limestone must be in accordance with minimum cover improvement needed as determined by a soil test. Eligible items for cost-share include lime, hauling and spreading. Grazing school is required to participate in grazing system practices with the soil and water conservation district, please see district personnel for dates available.
DSP 3.5-Grazing System Seed - Cost-share assistance to provide up to 75 percent cost-share for a one-time interseeding of legumes in paddocks within a qualified grazing system up to $40/acre. The acres to be considered for the per-acre maximum will only be the acres which are seeded. The paddocks need to be part of an existing grazing system which meets the Standard and Specifications for Prescribed Grazing. Prior to planting legumes, the site will be fertilized to meet the requirements of the soil test the year of the seeding and two years following. Nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and lime are not eligible components under the DSP 3.5 Seed practice. Eligible items for cost-share include legume seed, inoculation, no-till drill and broadcasting. Grazing school is required to participate in grazing system practices with the soil and water conservation district, please see district personnel for dates available.
DSP-2-Permanent Vegetative Cover Enhancement - Cost-share assistance is available to improve the productive cover of existing pastureland with the demonstration of no-till, inter-seeding of legumes by the use of no-till drills; to protect the soil and prevent the pollution of air, land or water from agricultural uses.


Sensitive Areas
N386-Field Border - Protect water quality by trapping sediment, chemical and other pollutants and reduce erosion from wind and water. Cost-share is authorized for establishment of field boarders for crop fields. One time out-of-production incentive payment of $600/acre may apply. A reduced incentive payment may apply to those enrolled in CRP (Conservation Reserve Program). Maximum width for incentive is 60 feet. Fertilizer required for maintenance of established stand will be applied at applicant’s expense.
N391-Riparian Forest Buffer - Purpose of this practice is to reduce the amounts of sediment, organic material, nutrients and pesticides in surface runoff and reduce excessive nutrients and other chemicals in shallow groundwater flow with a secondary benefit of streambank stabilization. Applies to areas adjacent to permanent or intermittent streams, public drinking water reservoirs, and natural wetlands. One time out-of-production incentive of $1,200/acre may apply. Maximum width for incentive is 180 feet. Livestock must be excluded except for controlled stream crossing points. Cost-share for permanent fencing associated with excluding livestock from stream.
N393-Filter Strip - Purpose of this practice is to reduce erosion and prevent or reduce pollution of land or water from agricultural or silvicultural nonpoint sources. Applies to areas below cropland, hayland or grazing land where animal waste may leave area and enter environmentally sensitive areas. One time out-of-production incentive payment of $1,000 per acre may apply. Filter strip shall be a minimum of 25 feet wide and cost-share can only be paid on a maximum width of 100 feet. Cost-share authorized for establishment, permanent fencing cost associated with excluding livestock from a stream.
WQ10-Stream Protection - Purpose of this practice is to reduce excessive amounts of sediment, organic material, nutrients and pesticides in surface runoff and reduce excessive nutrients and other chemicals in shallow groundwater flow with a secondary benefit of streambank stabilization. Applies to areas adjacent to permanent or intermittent streams, streams containing perennial pools or natural wetlands where livestock have uncontrolled access for watering purposes. One time out-of-pocket incentive may apply. Cost-share includes permanent fencing, stream crossings, watering sources, pipeline, water tank and more.


Animal Waste Management
N312-Waste Management System - Cost-share assistance is available for implementation of the system only, not the plant. Agitation, pumping and related equipment that is mobile is excluded from cost-share.


Nutrient Management
N590-Nutrient Management - Purpose of this practice is to demonstrate the environmental and economic advantages of following a nutrient management plan and provide operators an incentive to encourage the adoption of new management techniques and/or technologies for applying commercial fertilizer. Operators must follow a nutrient management plan based on soil test results. Cost-share is authorized for fertilizer with a maximum of $30/acre with a limit of $4,500 per year with a lifetime maximum of $13,500. Individual fields may be enrolled only one time for three consecutive years. Additional fields may be enrolled until the lifetime practice maximums have been reached.
N633-Waste Utilization - Cost-share assistance is available to provide operators an incentive to encourage the adoption of new management techniques and/or technologies for properly applying organic fertilizer.


Pest Management
N595-Pest Management - Purpose of this practice is to minimize entry of chemical contaminates to ground and surface water by properly following a pest management plan. The pest management plan should assist the producer in determining whether, when and how an application of pesticide should occur for the crop. Cost-share is authorized for the chemical application that best meets the need of the landowner. A complete pest management plan must be written prior to contract approval. The basic incentive rate shall not exceed $15 an acre with a limit of $2,500 per year with a lifetime maximum of $7,500. Individual fields may be enrolled only one time for three consecutive years. Additional fields may be enrolled until the lifetime practice maximums have been reached.


Groundwater Protection
N351-Well Decommissioning - Purpose of this practice is to prevent entry of vermin, debris, fertilizer, pesticides, and other foreign substances into the well or well bore hole and to seal and permanently close water wells no longer in use. A flat rate of $400 will be paid to the landowner for completing this practice.
N574-Spring Development - The purpose of this practice is to protect and enhance water quality through proper collection and distribution of ground water sources. Cost-share is authorized for pipe and trenching from collection point to one distribution point (tank) including outlet, not to exceed 300 feet. Permanent fencing cost also eligible for cost-share.
N317-Composting Facility - Cost-share assistance is available to treat waste organic material biologically by producing a humus-like material that can be recycled as a soil amendment and fertilizer substitute.
N316-Incinerator - Cost-share assistance is available to incinerate livestock and poultry carcasses as part of a waste management system to decrease non-point source pollution of surface and groundwater resources.
N725-Sinkhole Treatment - Cost-share assistance is available to improve the quality of recharge waters entering the groundwater system, improve chemical and nutrient management within sinkhole watersheds and reduce soil erosion within sinkhole watersheds.

Streambank Erosion
C650-Streambank Stabilization - The purpose of this practice is to protect stream banks from accelerated erosion, provide adequate streambank vegetation and improve water quality on a watershed basis. Eligibility will be determined by the Missouri Department of Conservation Fisheries staff. Cost-share is authorized for components necessary for cedar tree revetments, rock riprap, bioengineering materials, seed or seedlings, seedbed preparation and planting. Permanent fencing cost also eligible for cost-share. Livestock will be excluded from the stream and associated corridor with a minimum distance of 50 feet from the top of the streambank. Cost-share assistance is 75 percent of state average cost not to exceed $5,000 per landowner/farm.

Forms

Beginning July 1, 2008, all of the SWCD cost share must be direct deposited into the landowner's bank account.

The following Vendor form is provided here for your convenience. It is required to complete contracting.

Vendor Input/ACH/EFT Form PDF Fill in 300-1489, available from the State of Missouri website.

** Please note: Lines titled "Date of Change" through "Previous Address" are only to be filled out if there has been a change in your information.

Please return completed forms to the district office.  If you have questions please call us at the number listed below.