Windbreak - Shelterbelt Assistance:
Side-by-Side Comparison of Programs
CRP Continuous Signup (CCRP)

Shelterbelt Payment: The payment consists of several parts: A land rental payment is received annually for the 10-15 year life of the contract. In 2008, CRP rental rates for this practice in Minnesota ranged from $37.90 to $155.88 per acre. A one-time cost-share payment covers 50% of the cost of eligible products and services necessary to establish and maintain the practice, such as seedling purchase and site preparation. Two one-time special incentive payments are received up front -- a Signup Incentive Payment of $10 per acre per year enrolled (up to 10 years) and a Practice Incentive Payment equal to 40% of the total eligible cost of establishing the practice. A mid-contract maintenance payment

defrays the cost of required management activities.

See CCRP – Shelterbelt Payment Details for more information, including land rental rates by county (Appendix A) and a list of products/services eligible for cost-share for this practice (Appendix B).

To inquire, contact your local USDA Farm Service Agency office.

 



Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
* payment information not currently available

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

EQIP Payment for Shelterbelt:  One-time payment of 36¢ per foot for each row of trees/shrubs, plus $22 to $236 per acre for general site prep and, if needed, $1,078/acre to remove old trees. EQIP also offers payments for weed control or mulching as new trees/shrubs are getting established. Higher payment rates apply to Historically Underserved Participants. See EQIP Shelterbelt payment details for more information.

EQIP applications are accepted anytime but there are deadlines for each funding cycle, typically one or two a year. To inquire, contact your local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service or Soil & Water Conservation District office.



State Cost-Share Program

Windbreak/Shelterbelt Payment: A one-time cost share payment covering up to 75% of the eligible costs for establishing and renovating a shelterbelt. Local SWCDs may set a payment rate lower than the statewide maximum of 75%. Higher cost share percentages may be targeted at areas identified with high priority erosion and water quality problems. 

See State Cost Share – Windbreak/Shelterbelt Payment Details for more information. 

To inquire, contact your local Soil & Water Conservation District.

 
 

 



Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP)

Windbreak/Shelterbelt Payment: A one-time cost share payment for shelterbelt establishment ranging of 93¢ per foot of row if tree shelters are used, otherwise 43¢ per foot of row.

See WHIP - Windbreak/Shelterbelt Payment Details for more information. 

To inquire, contact your local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service field office

 

 



Carbon Credit Programs
Shelterbelt Payment: The tree planting component of a shelterbelt is eligible for forestry offset carbon credits from both the Farmers Union Carbon Credit Program and the AgraGate Climate Credits Corporation. Payments fluctuate based on the market price of carbon dioxide; see the Chicago Climate Exchange for the current price.
 
See Carbon Credit – Shelterbelt Payment Details for more information.


Local & Regional Programs

Special financial incentives are sometimes offered to landowners in a particular county or watershed for selected conservation practices for a limited time – usually as part of a special initiative funded by a federal or state grant. To find out if any special conservation incentives are offered in your area at this time, contact your local Soil & Water Conservation District, watershed organization, county, Resource Conservation & Development office or other local contacts.

For examples of special local & regional offers or information about the enabling grant programs, click on Local & Regional Programs at the top of this column.

 

 

 



Other Programs

To browse other potential sources of financial or free technical assistance for establishing, renovating, managing or protecting a Shelterbelt, click on Other Programs at the top of this column, with special attention to Forestry programs and Sustainable Ag & Working Land programs, esp. MDA Sustainable Agriculture Loans.