All owners and operators of land in Massac County are eligible to apply for state reimbursement cost-share funds.

This cost-share funding is available for cover crops, converting cropland to pasture/hay, grassed waterways, grade stabilization structures, water and sediment control basins, and dry dams.

The maximum cost-share for cover crops is 75% up to $40 per acre (up to three years), maximum $1600 per year.

Top priority will be given to cover crop implementation. Funding is made available through the IDOA Partners for Conservation Cost-Share Program to reduce soil erosion and improve water quality and nutrient management.

The Massac County Soil & Water District will accept one application per individual family or farm.

Applications will be prioritized on the basis of dollars spent per tons of soil saved. For the purposes of equality and fairness, the SWCD board reserves the right to make the final decision. All approved projects must meet standards established by NRCS. Projects must be maintained under an approved conservation plan. All applications will be contingent on funding secured from IDOA/USDA.

There is no deadline. Unsuccessful applications will be held for future funding.

For more information, contact the Massac County SWCD office, 1438 W. 10th St., Metropolis, at 524-9367 or massacSWCD@outlook.com; the USDA Service Center, 807 N. First St., Vienna, or at 618-658-3411; or email resource conservationist Megan Henderson at Megan.Henderson@il.nacdnet.net.

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