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2008 Farm Bill


NRCS Farm Bill Programs established through the 2008 Farm Bill:

 2008 Farm Bill Programs in New Hampshire Summary (17.3 MB, pdf)

Financial Assistance Programs Description Who Should Apply
AMA - Agriculture Management Assistance Program Reduces the economic risk of adopting new conservation measures that address water management, water quality, and erosion control. Agricultural producers with priority for limited resource, beginning, or full-time farmers.
CIG (National) - Conservation Innovation Grants Competitive grants up to $1 million to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies on agricultural lands. State and local unites of government, producer associations, farmer cooperatives, institutions of higher education, and nongovernmental organizations.
CIG (State) -Conservation Innovation Grants Competitive grants up to $75,000 to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies on agricultural lands in New Hampshire. Individuals, state and local units of government, producer associations, farmer cooperatives, institutions of higher education, and nongovernmental organizations.
CSP - Conservation Stewardship Program Rewards farmers and foresters who are good conservation stewards of their land, and offers compensation for enhancements. Agricultural producers who have already adopted conservation strategies on their farms.
EQIP - Environmental Quality Incentives Program Financial assistance to install permanent measures, adopt new management strategies, or develop activity plans for a wide range of resource concerns. Agricultural producers with existing resource concerns.
EQIP - Organic Initiative Assists producers plan and implement conservation practices that allow their organic operations to be environmentally sustainable. Farmers who are certified organic, transitioning to certified organic, or organic exempt according to USDA’s National Organic Program regulations
WHIP - Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program Create or enhance high quality wildlife habitats that support targeted wildlife populations of national, state, and local significance. Owners or managers of non-industrial private forest land, agricultural land or land that is capable of being farmed, who are interested in enhancing wildlife opportunities.



Easement Programs Description Who Should Apply
FRPP - Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program Helps land conservation-focused partners assist farmers in keeping their land in agriculture through the purchase of development rights. State, local and non-profit entities with existing farm protection programs who demonstrate the staff and financial resources necessary to manage and enforce conservation easements.
GRP - Grassland Reserve Program Provides financial assistance to restore and protect private grasslands, pasturelands, and certain other lands while maintaining the areas in grass. Agricultural producers with existing grasslands or pasture interesting in long-term commitments to maintain or enhance the grasslands.
WRP - Wetlands Reserve Program Promotes the protection and restoration of wetlands through the purchase of easements and enhancement activities. Landowners interested in restoration or long-term protection of lands previously modified by draining or filling.
WREP - Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program A component of the Wetlands Reserve Program, under WREP, NRCS enters into agreements with eligible partners to target and leverage resources to carry out high-priority wetland protection, restoration, and enhancement activities and improve wildlife habitat on eligible lands. Only States, local units of government, Indian Tribes and non-governmental organizations are eligible to submit a proposal and enter into agreements with NRCS. WREP partners are required to contribute matching financial or technical assistance.



Technical Assistance Program Description Who Should Apply
EWP- Emergency Watershed Program Helps groups of people with imminent hazards to life and property caused by natural disasters. NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to preserve life and property threatened by excessive erosion and flooding. Public and private landowners are eligible for assistance but much be represented by a project sponsor. The project sponsor must be a legal unit of government such as a town, city, county, or conservation district.
CTA - Conservation Technical Assistance CTA provides conservation planning services to private and public individuals, groups and entities. Agricultural producers and owners of agricultural lands, including forest lands.



More NRCS Programs in New Hampshire Description
Backyard Conservation NRCS provides information to homeowners on ways they can reduce erosion, pollution, conserve resources, and enhance wildlife habitat.
Conservation Buffer Initiative NRCS provides technical guidance for the design and implementation of this critical conservation practice, as buffers protect and enhance resources.
Conservation Education Working with partners throughout the state, NRCS provides community outreach and educational activities.
Earth Team Volunteers A program for individuals to help improve the natural resources in their community while learning about the environment and conservation.
People's Gardens in New Hampshire "Green Acres" is sprouting at the State Office in Durham, and the garden at the Lancaster Field Office continues to spread its roots. Visit the national site to learn more about the People's Garden Initiative.
NRI - National Resources Inventory A statistical survey of land use and natural resource conditions and trends on U.S. non-Federal lands.
Soil Survey Program Through this program, NRCS studies and inventories the soil resources of the Nation, since understanding the nature and properties of soils is critical to managing and conserving other natural resources.


2008 NRCS Farm Bill Documents and Additional Information

Conservation Program Documents

At-a-Glance is an overview of 2008 NRCS Farm Bill conservation programs in New Hampshire.

Fact Sheets are detailed documents about 2008 NRCS Conservation Farm Bill conservation programs.

Civil Rights Impact Analyses (CRIAs) are detailed documents about potentially disproportionate adverse civil rights impacts on NRCS producers who are minorities, women or people with disabilities.

Benefit Cost Analyses discuss the benefits and costs of 2008 NRCS Farm Bill conservation programs.