Programs & Deadlines
AMA, CSP, EQIP, and WHIP, offer a continuous signup opportunity. Applications are reviewed as funds are available, and financial assistance offered to the highest ranking applicants. People interested in conservation program funding assistance should not wait until a formally announced ranking period to apply.
The following dates reflect times when NRCS will review and rank all applications received for the specific listed option. Potential applicants interested in these options are encouraged to have an updated application filed with their local NRCS office by the listed date.
Pennsylvania NRCS will offer a state Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) option. Application due dates and program priorities are to be determined.
The following dates have been established for periodic application review periods for AMA, EQIP and WHIP. Applications submitted by these dates will be evaluated in that signup cycle, as long as funds are available.
November 15, 2013 - First cycle
December 20, 2013 - Second cycle
February 21, 2014 - Third cycle (if needed)
April 18, 2014 - Fourth cycle (if needed)
May 16, 2014 - Fifth cycle (if needed)
Authorization for Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative (CBWI) has expired. Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a suggested alternative program for funding assistance for farm conservation practices.
Authorization for the easement programs Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) and Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) have expired. While NRCS does not currently have alternative replacement programs available, landowners can contact their local NRCS Field Office to discuss planning options in anticipation of new easement and restoration programs that may be available under a new Farm Bill.
To contact USDA offices in Pennsylvania, click here, or contact the state administrative offices below:
Farm Service Agency
Natural Resources Conservation Service
(717) 237 2200 or toll free at (888) 300-8379
Rural Development Business and Cooperative Programs
Assistant State Conservationist
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
To file a complaint of discrimination, write:
USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights
Room 326W, Whitten Building
14th and Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250-9410
Call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD)
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.