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Living Snow Fences

Control blowing and drifting snow

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Forms and agreements

Short-term blowing snow control agreements

Short term blowing snow control agreements are defined as being used for one winter season. The standing corn row agreement is used only for standing corn rows on a site. The temporary blowing snow control agreement can be used when multiple snow fence treatments - standing corn rows, stacked bales, 4-foot tall temporary snow fencing - are used on one site.

Long-term blowing snow control agreements

Long term agreements are defined as being used for multiple seasons of blowing snow control protection. These agreements are used when trees, shrubs, grasses, wildflowers are rooted in the ground or when structural snow fencing posts are inserted into concrete or sleeves in the ground to a depth of 4 feet or greater. The CP-17A living snow fence agreement is only used when the land is enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program. The snow fence agreement is a generic agreement that can be used for either living or structural snow fencing.

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program is a voluntary conservation program from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Through EQIP, eligible landowners may receive technical and financial assistance (practice payments) for establishing environmental or conservation practices on their land. Sign-up for EQIP takes place at local NRCS offices. Establishing living snow fences is an eligible practice in EQIP. Supporting practices such as site preparation, weed control and other conservation practices as needed are also eligible for practice payments under EQIP. MnDOT's Living Snow Fence Cost Share Program is eligible to landowners who have a new EQIP contract for establishing living snow fences. Contact Ginger Kopp, State Staff Forester, NRCS at 651-602-7909 or ginger.kopp@mn.usda.gov for more information.

Farm Product Price Index

The Farm Product Price Index for 2015 was 173.8. The Index is used to determine whether or not MnDOT's annual payment to the landowner should be adjusted upwards based on the rise of agriculture commodity values from the previous year. Should the value decline, MnDOT still agrees to honor and not fall below the original landowner sign up dollar value. Here's an example for calculating MnDOT’s payment (PDF) based on the performance of the farm product price index.

Year Annual Farm Product Price Index
2015 173.8
2014 197.5
2013 195.3
2012 192.5
2011 186.7
2010 151.0
2009 134.6
2008 161.3
2007 143.4
2006 117.0
2005 118.5
2004 123.3

Landowner and/or farm operator information

Learn more about MnDOT’s snow fence program and opportunities to partner with MnDOT to achieve drift free roads.

Become a state vendor

Become a state vendor for leaving standing corn rows or growing a living snow fence through the Statewide Integrated Financial Tools system. The SWIFT system provides vendors with self-service functions that include requesting changes to addresses and contact information as well as viewing purchase orders and payments. Vendors can also sign up for direct deposit through the system. To get paid by MnDOT for a living snow fence, complete the online State Vendor Registration Form.