Soil and Water Conservation Districts in partnership with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, provide a variety of services to assist you in addressing the natural resource concerns you have on your land. This partnership truly makes this a “one-stop shop” for you when it comes to protecting the most valuable natural resource you have, the land. So from your initial contact through the payment of your cost share claim or wherever you may stop the process in between, staff will be there to provide assistance and guide you to a successful outcome.
Conservation planning would be the first service available in the process of developing a strategy for success in natural resource conservation. To start the planning process, you can either click on “Apply for Cost Share” on this website home page or contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District by clicking on your location on the map available here.
From your initial contact, your “Conservation Planner” will set up an appointment to walk your property with you and discuss your resource concerns. Based on this discussion and the observations made on your property, your Conservation Planner will develop a plan specific to your individual operation and discuss possible State and/or Federal program cost share assistance opportunities with you. In addition, technical assistance services such as design, layout, and certification of your soil conservation and/or water quality improvement practice will be provided should a practice be recommended and you decide to implement it as the result of your planning efforts.