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Information For Farmers and Ranchers

New Resource for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Available!

A new website was designed based on feedback from new and beginning farmers and ranchers around the country. The site features advice and guidance on everything a new farm business owner needs to know, from writing a business plan, to obtaining a loan to grow their business, to filing taxes as a new small business owner. By answering a series of questions about their operation, farmers can use the site’s Discovery Tool to build a personalized set of recommendations of USDA programs and services that may meet their needs.

Farm Conservation Solutions

Good conservation planning is the key to making a living from the land while protecting natural resources.  A plan is like a jigsaw puzzle.  On a farm each conservation practice works in combination with other.  Learn about the different conservation solutions available from NRCS.

Nutrient Management Planning

Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans help livestock producers address the natural resource concerns related to soil erosion, livestock manure and disposal of organic by-products.  NRCS has resources and references available to help farmers develop a plan. 

Conserving Soil: Required

Photo of outback buffer strip in Lafayette County, Wisconsin.

NRCS Conservationists help Wisconsin farmers plan outback buffer strips, like this one in Lafayette county, to help reduce soil erosion and enhance water quality.  Contact an NRCS office today to make sure that your conservation plan is up-to-date.

Conservation Reserve Program

The Conservation Reserve Program and the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program can help farmers conserve their resources while obtaining payments from the USDA.

Conservation Stewardship Program

The Conservation Stewardship Program was enacted with the 2008 farm bill.   It provides incentives to implement conservation practices.

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

EQIP provides technical and financial help to landowners for conservation practices that protect soil and water quality.

Grassed waterways, stream fencing, critical area planting, terraces, manure management systems including storage structures and barnyard runoff protection, and many other conservation practices are eligible for EQIP.


Managed grazing goes by many names:  rotational grazing, grass-based farming, management intensive grazing, prescribed grazing.  But all the terms mean basically the same thing.  Pasture is divided into smaller areas or paddocks, often using portable fencing.   One paddock is grazed for a short time, while the remaining paddocks rest and recover. Grazing offers a profitable and environmentally low-impact way of life.

Conservation Technical Assistance ProgramQuestions?  Ask a Conservationist!  Click Here to Find One.

Professional advice and conservation planning is available through NRCS offices through the Conservation Technical Advice Program.

Technical Service Providers (TSPs)

Wisconsin Technical Service Providers are professional conservation contractors that can provide farmers with services and advice previously provided by NRCS.  The NRCS will pay for part of this assistance.

Take the Conservation Challenge

The Conservation Challenge is an on-line, interactive quiz of your knowledge about conserving our natural resources and environment.  See how well you do!