Cost Share Programs

Cost Share Policy: All applications MUST BE APPROVED before starting your project. All producers applying for cost-share through the CPNRD must be in compliance with the rules and regulations of the NRD’s programs.  Videos on best management practices.

Emergency Animal Mortality Funding

Applications are now being accepted for financial and technical assistance to livestock producers for animal mortality disposal, resulting from impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Agricultural producers, owners of non-industrial private forestland, and tribes are eligible to apply through USDA’s NRCS.
How to Apply
• Producers facing livestock depopulation should file an EQIP application (Form CPA-1200) and an early start waiver with your local NRCS office.
• Applicants are not eligible for practice payment if the mortality management practice is implemented prior to signing an EQIP CPA-1200 application & receiving an early start waiver approval letter.
• Financial assistance is limited. Not all applications will be funded.
• There is a $25,000 payment cap on the animal mortality practice.
• Producers are responsible for the proper disposal of animal mortality by following requirements.
All Federal, State, and Local laws must be followed and are the responsibility of the producer to secure any necessary permits.
Practices Available for Assistance
$74.28 Burial/animal unit
$219.88 Forced Air Incineration/animal unit
$0.05 Disposal at Landfill or Render/pound
$111.53 Carcass Disposal other than burial, incineration, landfill or render

For more information visit the NRCS page contact your local NRCS office listed below, or the Nebraska EQIP Program Manager Conor Ward (402) 437-4112

Local NRCS Offices (Ext. 3)
Central City  (308) 946-2251     Grand Island  (308) 395-8586     Kearney  (308) 237-3118      Lexington  (308) 324-6314     Osceola  (402) 747-2461

Additional Resources:

– Nebraska Extension: offsite link image          – UNL Animal Science: offsite link image

– Nebraska Department of Environment & Energy: offsite link image

– Nebraska Department of Agriculture: offsite link image       – The Nebraska Rural Response Hotline: (800) 464-0258

– A calculator from USDA APHIS to help producers determine least cost scenario.                     – How to Use Microsoft Teams to Meet with USDA Service Center Staff


NRCS FY Summary for CPNRD Field Offices
Central City –114 contracts -$640,274 including 22,832.7 acres
Grand Island –35 contracts -$313,969.59 including 3,946.8 acres
Kearney –15 contracts -$375,729.89 including 3,956.4 acres
Lexington –34 contracts -$816,820.05 including 8,660.6 acres
Program Funding
* Water Conservation: $1,080,287.53 (43 contracts/4,383.6 acres)
* Grazing Lands: $164,253 (9 contracts/3,026.8 acres)
* Soil Health: $823,329 (144 contracts/30,727.9 acres)
* Forestry: $61,696 (2 contracts/1,204.4 acres)

Click the link below for descriptions and applications for all cost-share programs offered through the Nebraska Soil & Water Conservation Program and the Central Platte NRD.

Cost Share Booklet (in PDF)


NSWCP/CPNRD Cost Share Programs

(August 2019)
Table of Contents Table of Contents
1Central Platte NRD Cost Share ProgramsList of Programs
2Nebraska Soil & Water Conservation Programs & Central Platte NRD Cost Share ProgramsList of Practices
3Explanation of Compliance Sheet | Approval Letter Example for Cost ShareExplanation
4-5NSWCP (State funds)
Terms for irrigation water management & drip irrigation systems
NSWCP Eligible Practices
6-12NSWCP Eligible Practices:
Terrace systems
Underground outlets
Water impoundment dams
Grade stabilization structures
Tailwater recovery pits
Water & Sediment control basins
Livestock water dugouts
Pasture planting
Range seeding
Critical area planting (grass) Windbreaks
Return pipe/recovery pits
Planned grazing
Surge valves
Windbreak renovation
Irrigation water management
Streambank stabilization
Repair of practices
Brush management
NSWCP Eligible Practices$12,000
13Flow Meter Cost Share ProgramPurpose

14Streambank Stabilization Cost Share Program Purpose

15Well Decommissioning Cost Share ProgramPurpose
16Center Pivot Incentive- Purpose of Cost Share & Program Specifications | Continuous Sign-Up InformationPurpose

18Tree Planting & Weed Barrier Guidelines
Tree Planting Plan
Sales Tax Exemption Form 13
19Acceptance Letter ExampleExample
20Urban Forestry ProgramPurpose

22Prescribed Burn Cost Share ProgramPurpose

23WILD NebraskaPurpose
24Corners for WildlifePurpose


25Buffer Strips | Description & Guidelines | Ranking Points CalculationPurpose


30Buffer Strip Program Description & Guidelines|Ranking Points CalculationProgram

31Buffer Strip ApplicationBuffer S AppPage 31
32Buffer Strip Ranking Point CalculationsBufferS Ranking Page 32
35Prescribed Burn ApplicationApplication
37Well Decommissioning Application (Funding change made July 2013)Application
38NSWCP Application/Payment ClaimAgreement
39NSWCP Planned Grazing System JustificationApplication
40 NSWCP Irrigation Water Management PracticeAgreement
41W-9 Form- Request for Taxpayer ID Number Certification | General InstructionsW-9 Form
46Tree GuidelinesGuidelines
47Tree & Weed Barrier ChargesCharges
49Ground PreparationGround Preparation
58Central Basin CREP Program | Buffer Strip Payment CalculationContract

62Phragmites Cost Share ProgramPurpose

64Streambank Stabilization ProgramApplication
65Soil Moisture Sensor Program | Compliance FormPurpose

68Cover Crop Program Purpose

70Groundwater Quality Management Program Requirements (Chart)Chart
71Grazing Deferment ProgramPurpose
72Grazing Deferment ApplicationApplication
73Burn Preparation ApplicationCS Burn Prep App$50,000
74Burn Preparation InformationCS Burn Prep Description


Funds are also available in the following federally funded programs: Buffer Strips, WILD Nebraska, and Corners for Wildlife (center pivots only, funded by Pheasants Forever.) For a complete list of other federally funded programs available, contact your local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).