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NE Buffer Strip Program

The Nebraska Buffer Strip (NBSP) was created by the Nebraska Legislature in 1998.  The program encourages landowners to establish buffer strips, specifically filterstrips and riparian forest buffers, along vulnerable surface water resources. Buffer strips are an effective means of reducing sediments and other pollutants in runoff.  Funding for the program is from a fee assessed on pesticides registered for sale in Nebraska, and is administered by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA), Nebraska's Natural Resources Districts, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Land eligible for enrollment in this program is cropland adjacent to perennial streams, intermittent streams, wetlands or permanent bodies of water or existing buffer strips established after January 1, 1996 along these areas.

The contract length is not less than five or more than ten years. Payment rate differs from dryland to irrigated cropland.

For more information on the Nebraska Strip Program visit the Nebrask Department of Ag Buffer Strip Website or contact Kent Thompson of the Little Blue NRD.