Through the efforts of soil and water conservation districts,
legislation was approved and signed into law effective on January 1, 1997, which provides for tax incentives for the development
of vegetative filter strips. Vegetative filter strips are a proven conservation practice which can aid in reducing soil erosion,
improve water quality, and provide significant habitat for grassland wildlife. Soil and water conservation districts play
a primary role in working with local landowners to access this tax incentive.
WHAT IS THE PROGRAM
The Vegetative Filter Strip Assessment Law provides for
a reduction in the assessed value of cropland certified as meeting the requirements of the law to 1/6 of its value.
SWCD's can help interested landowners access this incentive
- Providing program information to landowners regarding the
availability of this state tax incentive for development of vegetative filter strips;
- Working directly with land owners regarding their applications
for vegetative filter strip certification; and
- Providing technical assistance to interested parties;