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2008 Farm Bill Archives

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The following conservation programs were part of the 2008 Farm Bill:

Financial Assistance


Landscape Initiatives

  • Sage-Grouse Initiative

Landscape Planning

  • Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP)
  • Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Program
  • Watershed Surveys and Planning
  • Watershed Operations
  • Watershed Rehabilitation

See the national NRCS 2008 Farm Bill Archive for the following:

  • Rules and Public Comments on
  • Civil Rights Impact Analyses (CRIAs)
  • Final Benefit Cost Analyses
  • Interim Final Benefit Cost Analyses
  • Programmatic Environmental Assessments, FONSIs, and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statements

Related Information

Information for Farm Bill Program Applicants Fact Sheet - If your business or organization plans to apply for conservation program or grant funding through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and you use an Employer Identification Number (EIN), also referred to as a Tax Identification Number (TIN), you will need to obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM).

Financial Assistance Programs Eligibility Documentation - Fact Sheet

Electronic (eGov) Information
Service Center Agencies Online Services - The USDA Service Center Agencies (Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency and Rural Development) provide several services online. Instead of driving to a service center, individual registered customers will be able to conduct business online in a secure and protected environment. eAuthentication Self-Registration is where it all starts.

Land Evaluation and Site Assessment
The Land Evaluation and Site Assessment System (LESA) system helps state and local officials make sound decisions about land use. Combined with Forest measures and Rangeland parameters, LESA can provide a technical framework to numerically rank land parcels based on local resource evaluation and site considerations.

Local Work Groups
Local work groups (LWG) support the locally led conservation effort by coordinating USDA programs with other federal, state, tribal, and local conservation programs to provide an integrated solution to addressing natural resource concerns.

Programs Manual
The National Programs Manual and state supplements are available on the NRCS eDirectives Web site.

State Technical Advisory Committee
The State Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) provides recommendations to the NRCS State Conservationist on NRCS-related issues in Montana. These issues include: implementation of NRCS programs, advice and comments on NRCS practice standards, and others.

Technical Service Providers
Technical Service Providers (TSP) are conservation professionals from the private sector, non-profit organizations, and public agencies that can provide direct technical assistance and deliver conservation services to landowners and others on behalf of USDA.