Chemigation Cost-Share Incentive Program

Chemigation Cost-Share Incentive Program

The district is looking for ways to incentivize producers who try fertilizer application using chemigation as a means of increasing adoption of this practice. Chemigation is a useful way apply chemicals and fertilizer onto fields using a center pivot to control application uniformity. All that is necessary to chemigate is an applicators license, the appropriate safety equipment, and a permit from the NRD. The goal of this incentive program is to increase the number of producers using this fertilizer application method by giving cost-share to producers to help offset the startup cost.
 
Properly functioning and managed chemigation systems can provide a variety of benefits such as:
  • Precision: Chemigation allows for precise application of chemicals and fertilizer to crops and soil surface.
  • Efficiency: In some cases, chemigation can reduce total fertilizer application and is proven to increase crop yield making the practice more cost effective than other forms of application.
  • Safety: Chemigation is one of the safest ways to apply fertilizer, given the appropriate safety equipment. It also safeguards water quality, as the fertilizer is applied in-season, thus reducing the likelihood of leaching.
Chemigation Cost-Share Incentive Program
 
For approved Chemigation Equipment Cost-Share Incentive Program applications, the maximum cost-share rate is 50% of the actual cost, up to $1,000 per site, for the purchase of new chemigation equipment and chemigation permit. This program is intended for new chemigation sites and those that have not had an active chemigation permit in the last ten (10) years. The minimum cost-share payment is $100.00. NRCS, NSWCP, and NRD funds will not be combined for any practice. Eligible applicants will need to keep their permit active for 3 years. Any equipment purchased prior to application authorization is ineligible for cost-share.  Application approval will be based on fund availability.  Following approval, producers must provide a receipt for equipment purchased, a copy of their chemigation permit, and any other forms deemed necessary by the district in order to receive cost share funding. 
 
Eligible Chemigation Equipment
  • Chemigation Injection Pump
  • Chemigation Interlock
  • Chemigation Injection Valve
  • Chemigation Mainline Checkvalve Low Pressure Drain
  • Required Low Pressure Drain Discharge Hose 
Eligible Cooperators/Sites
  • Landowners or operators are eligible
  • All irrigation types allowed in Title 195
    • Center pivot
    • Subsurface drip - Class V permits on file with the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy
    • Gravity
    • Surface Water
  • Sites must be new to chemigation or have not held an active chemigation permit in the last ten (10) years
  • Participation will be limited to one (1) site per landowner or operator 

Practice Requirements

 
Upon application approval:
  • The district will notify applicants via email and in writing of approval.
  • Approved applicants will call the district office to request an authorization number.
  • Approved applicants will have 30 days to purchase equipment and submit chemigation permit paperwork to the district office. 
Prior to submitting a chemigation permit, the producer must:
  • Have equipment purchased, installed, and ready for inspection.
  • Have an applicator’s license or have an eligible applicator. 
At the time of cost-share claim, producer must:
  • Have submitted receipt(s) of equipment purchased.
  • Have submitted all forms required by the district to collect cost-share (program application, W-9, citizenship form, and permit application).
  • Cost-share will be disbursed after a successful inspection. 
Approval Process
 
Approved applications will be notified via email and in writing. Once approved, the applicant must call the NRD office for an authorization number. Upon authorization, the applicant will have 30 days to complete the practice. Any purchases of materials made prior to authorization are not eligible for funding. Upon completion of the practice, district staff will schedule an inspection before payment recommendation is presented to the Board of Directors for approval.
 
Cost-Share Rate
 
The maximum cost-share rate is 50% of the actual cost, not to exceed $1,000 per site, for the purchase of new chemigation equipment and the necessary chemigation permit only.