A portion of the Parks, Soils and Water Sales Tax is used for Missouri landowners to install soil and water conservation practices through the state cost-share program. These practices conserve soil, which consequently improves water quality by reducing sedimentation in rivers and streams. How will these practices benefit you?

  • Keep your valuable topsoil by reducing soil erosion
  • Get the best use of your natural water resources and protect them from pollutants
  • Develop the best nutrient and pest management plan for your needs with less runoff, therefore, protecting local streams
  • Install a rotational grazing system that benefits your livestock, water resources, land  and time
  • Through irrigation, efficiently and uniformly apply water to control runoff and conserve water supplies and appropriately apply nutrients and chemicals
  • Recycle animal waste for use on agricultural land
  • Protect your groundwater

Conservation practices can save you time and money and increase your farm’s production while protecting the overall natural environment of the state. More information is available on the department's Cost-Share Program - PUB0624 and Conservation Practices Improve Your Farm - PUB2348 fact sheets.

How to Apply
Contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District for assistance
Sheet, Rill and Gully Erosion
Removal of soil from the land surface or incised channels from rainfall and runoff
Grazing Management
Used in pastureland where non-woody, permanent vegetative cover is established
Irrigation Management
Artificial application of water to land to assist in the production of crops
Animal Waste Management
Manage manure and other agricultural wastes
Nutrient Pest Management
Incentives to apply commercial fertilizer, pesticide or herbicide
Sensitive Areas
Agricultural land with impacted erosion, surface water and groundwater
Woodland Erosion
Incentives for exclusion of livestock and developing timber harvest plans