This federal and state program is designed to address agriculture related environmental concerns.
Participants receive financial incentives from USDA to voluntarily enroll environmentally sensitive cropland or pastureland in contacts for 15 years. In return for annual rental payments that average about $154 per acre and other financial incentives, participants convert cropland and eligible pastureland to native grasses, trees and other conservation vegetation.
New filter strips and new riparian buffers will qualify for a one-time $200-per-acre state bonus from the Huron Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). This bonus also applies to acreage to increase the width of existing stream buffers.
Sign-ups are under way and continue through Aug. 23. For more information, visit the SWCD office at 8 Fair Road, call 419-668-4113 or visit www.huronswcd.com.