Conservation Opportunities
















The Wabash County SWCD has Cost-Share assistance available throughout the county. If you farm in the Beargrass Creek Watershed within the Middle Eel the district is now taking applications for the IDEM Clean Water Act Section 319 Grant cost-share funds through Manchester University.  These funds are for Cover Crops, reimbursement is $45 an acre. Other conservation practices such as Bioreactors, Control Basins, Heavy Use Area Protection and Filter Strips are also cost-shared under this grant.

If you own land in the Wabash River Watershed there are still funds available through the 2015 Clean Water Indiana (CWI) Grant Program the Wabash County SWCD and the Miami County SWCD share. The maximum amount of acres that you can apply for is 100 and the cost-share reimbursement is $20.00 an acre. If you applied for either of these programs last year you may reapply, but preference will be given to first time applications.

IN Field Advantage (INFA) is in the beginning of enrolling participants and their corn fields in the 2017 program. INFA this year includes a pilot program with Indiana Pork. Indiana Pork is offering their producers, and anyone who applies hog manure, the chance to use INFA’s tools to monitor how these fields are using nitrogen to produce a successful corn crop. The pilot project expands the traditional INFA program by offering additional testing during the growing season and the chance to participate in a winter grower meeting where all the growers share a consistent management practice. INFA is available to Indiana producers at no additional charge through the support of the Indiana Conservation Partnership and Indiana Corn and Soybean checkoff.  The Indiana Pork Project has additional support from Indiana Pork checkoff. 

NRCS has many different programs that landowners can take advantage of and one that has been very successful in Wabash County is the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides a voluntary conservation program for farmers, ranchers and owners of private, non-industrial forest land that promotes agricultural production, forest management and environmental quality as compatible national goals. EQIP offers financial and technical help to assist eligible producers install or implement conservation practices on eligible agricultural land. The five EQIP national priorities are:

  1. Reductions of nonpoint source pollution, such as nutrients, sediment, pesticides, or excess salinity in impaired watersheds consistent with Total Daily Maximum Loads (TMDLs), where available; the reduction of surface and groundwater contamination; and reduction of contamination from agricultural point sources, such as concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs);
  2. Conservation of ground and surface water resources
  3. Reduction of emissions, such as particulate matter, nitrogen oxides (NOX), volatile organic compounds, and ozone precursors and depleters that contribute to air quality impairment violations of National Ambient Air Quality Standards
  4. Reduction in soil erosion and sedimentation from unacceptable levels on agricultural land and
  5. Promotion of at-risk species habitat conservation.
MRBI To improve the health of the Mississippi River Basin, including water quality, wetland restoration, and wildlife habitat, the Natural Resources Conservation Service has established the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI). Manchester University has been instrumental in working with Wabash, Miami,and Kosciusko County producers in the Middle Eel River watershed to voluntarily implement conservation practices that avoid, control, and trap nutrient runoff while maintaining agricultural productivity.
CRP The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) provides technical and financial assistance to eligible farmers to address soil, water, and related natural resource concerns on their lands in an environmentally beneficial and cost-effective manner. CRP is administered by the Farm Service Agency, with NRCS providing technical land eligibility determinations, conservation planning and practice implementation.
CREP The Indiana CREP is a partnership between USDA and the state of Indiana. The program targets the enrollment of 26,250 acres of land in the Highland-Pigeon, Lower East Fork White, Lower Wabash, Lower White, Middle Wabash-Busseron, Middle Wabash-Deer, Middle Wabash-Little Vermillion, Tippecanoe, Upper East Fork White, Upper Wabash, Upper White watersheds where sediments, nutrients, pesticides and herbicides run off from agricultural land.

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