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Financial Assistance

Introduction

NRCS offers voluntary programs to eligible landowners and agricultural producers to provide financial and technical assistance to help manage natural resources in a sustainable manner. Through these programs the agency approves contracts to provide financial assistance to help plan and implement conservation practices that address natural resource concerns or opportunities to help save energy, improve soil, water, plant, air, animal and related resources on agricultural lands and non-industrial private forest land.

Our financial assistance programs include the following:

  • Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) is a voluntary program intended to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection, in conjunction with agricultural production.
  • Through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), NRCS provides financial and technical assistance to eligible producers to conserve and enhance soil, water, air, and related natural resources on their land. Eligible lands include cropland, grassland, prairie land, improved pastureland, rangeland, nonindustrial private forest lands, agricultural land under the jurisdiction of an Indian tribe, and other private agricultural land (including cropped woodland, marshes, and agricultural land used for the production of livestock) on which resource concerns related to agricultural production could be addressed.
  • The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers through contracts up to a maximum term of ten years in length.

Farm Bill Resources

  • FY14 Maps - Maps showing how FY14 Farm Bill Program funds were distributed in Iowa.
  • Fiscal Year 2013 Program Accomplishments At-A-Glance (PDF)
  • FY13 Maps - Maps showing how FY13 Farm Bill Program funds were distributed in Iowa.
  • FY12 Maps - Maps showing how FY12 Farm Bill Program funds were distributed in Iowa.
  • FY11 Maps - Maps showing how FY11 Farm Bill Program funds, along with Emergency Watershed Protection funding, were distributed in Iowa.
  • FY10 Maps - Maps showing how FY10 Farm Bill Program funds, along with Emergency Watershed Protection funding, were distributed in Iowa.
  • FY09 Maps - Maps showing how FY09 Farm Bill Program funds were distributed in Iowa.