Roadside buffer program
This program pays for grass buffers at dangerous intersections and at 90 degree corners. A roadside buffer is a grass strip between a field and a roadway, often used to address low visibility at intersections or 90 degree turns. This voluntary SWCD program benefits croplands and roadsides and is not tied to any other local, state, or government programs. The size of the buffer is an agreement between the producer/landowner and the SWCD. If you know of a potential location for a roadside buffer, please have the landowner contact us. A SWCD agent must speak to the landowner about possible participation and conduct a site evaluation.
- All potential sites must have landowner support unless the field is cash rented.
- A meeting at the site is held to determine potential shape & size of grass buffer.
- Payment is based on buffer size (see chart below)
- A simple two-year contract is signed by the landowner/producer & presented to the Gibson SWCD board of supervisors for approval.
- The landowner/producer is responsible for planting & maintaining grass. Grass on buffer must be kept short enough for drivers to have visibility at intersections & on curves.
- If conditions of the first two-year contract are fulfilled, the contract may be renewed for an additional two years.
- Participants are required to install a yard sign on the buffer (provided by Gibson County SWCD) to promote this program.
Payments are as follows:
</= 0.2 acre $50 X 2 yrs = $100
0.3 acre $75 X 2 yrs = $150
0.4 acre $100 X 2 yrs = $200
0.5 acre $125 X 2 yrs = $250
0.6 acre $150 X 2 yrs = $300
0.7 acre $175 X 2 yrs = $350
0.8 acre $200 X 2 yrs = $400
0.9 acre $225 X 2 yrs = $450