Buffer Strip Program
Producers with cropland near a major draw, stream or pond, may qualify for government payments under the Nebraska Buffer Strip Program. The program encourages landowners to plant buffer strips of grasses, trees or shrubs along vulnerable surface water resources. Buffer strips slow water runoff, trap sediment and prevent fertilizers, pesticides and other pollutants from reaching surface water and groundwater. Buffer Strip Program contracts must run for at least five years, and no more than 10 years. Maximum payment from cost share and other sources is $250 per acre per year. Limited haying and grazing are allowed.