Conservation Practices and Programs for Your Land
The 2008 Farm Bill offers America’s agricultural producers and private landowners more assistance than ever before to voluntarily conserve natural resources on our Nation’s privately owned lands. These programs provide funding to assist producers in developing and implementing conservation plans on their land. The Farm Bill also offers special program opportunities for "Historically Underserved" individuals and groups. More information is available at the NRCS Small & Limited and Beginning Farmers & Ranchers web page.
How to Apply for USDA-NRCS Conservation Programs
Learn what steps you will need to take to prepare for, and submit, your application to become a USDA-NRCS Conservation Program participant.
Financial Assistance Program Payment Schedules
Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Compliance
Producers participating in most programs administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service must abide by certain conditions on any land owned or farmed that is highly erodible or that is considered a wetland. Read a fact sheet about Highly Erodible Land and Wetland determinations, and your responsibilities to comply with the Food Security Act of 1985, as amended.
Conservation Technical Assistance Programs and Activities
Financial Assistance Programs and Initiatives
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:
Financial Assistance Stewardship Programs
Regional Financial Assistance Programs
NRCS offers easement programs to landowners who want to maintain or enhance their land in a way beneficial to agriculture and/or the environment. All NRCS easement programs are voluntary. We provide technical help and financial assistance, but local landowners and organizations are needed to make NRCS easement programs successful.
Our easement programs include the following:
Water Resources Programs
State Technical Advisory Committee
The New York State Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) is an advisory group coordinated by the State Conservationist to help organize and deliver Farm Bill related program benefits.
Local Work Groups
NRCS Local Work Groups are subcommittees of the NRCS State Technical Committee and they meet annually to provide recommendations on local natural resource priorities to assist USDA NRCS in providing Farm Bill program conservation programs in New York.
NRCS-NY Programs Staff Contact Information
Tammy Willis, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs
E-mail: Tammy Willis
Chanda Lindsay, Program Manager: WHIP, Contract Management, EQIP Forestry,
Acting NRCS State Appeals and Equitable Relief Coordinator
E-mail: Chanda Lindsay
Peter B. Gibbs, Program Manager, FRPP, GRP, WRP
E-mail: Peter Gibbs
Rebecca Donegan, Program Manager: AMA, EQIP
E-mail: Rebecca Donegan
Emily Armstrong, Acting Program Manager: CSP
E-mail: Emily Armstrong