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Individual Application Process

Individual Steps for Applying for Conservation Program with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Individual – any individual who controls the enrolled land and uses their personal social security number (SSN) to apply for conservation program assistance.

Applicant indicates interest in a conservation program by signing appropriate program “Application” form. Applicant establishes a customer record in the Service Center Information Management System (SCIMS). This may require the applicant set up an appointment with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) to complete record and necessary applicant eligibility information. Applicant completes the following forms* to determine eligibility for USDA programs:

  • AD-1026 Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification
  • CCC-931 Average Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) Certification and Consent to Disclosure of Tax Information
  • Proof of ownership ~ deed, lease, or historical use record for the contracted period
  • Land eligibility certification forms for irrigation practices (EQIP)
  • Beginning, limited or socially disadvantaged farmer status
  • *The process of establishing applicant eligibility may take several weeks. Some forms may need to be updated annually. You must maintain eligibility status throughout the life of the conservation program contract in order to receive program benefits.

    Applicant sets up an appointment with local NRCS office to visit the operation and develop a Conservation Plan. This process may take several visits, both in the office and in the field. NRCS develops a program application package which includes the Conservation Plan developed between the client and NRCS planner which identifies resource concerns and practices that address those concerns. NRCS reviews program applications and selects eligible applications for funding based on ranking criteria and available funding. The applicant with the highest ranking score will be funded first and so forth. If funding is exhausted prior to all applications being funded, the application can be deferred to the next year at the producers’ request.

    Applications are accepted continuously throughout the year. Application ranking deadlines for 2015 funding for EQIP and the Agricultural Management Assistance Program (AMA) are October 17, 2014 and December 19, 2014.

    Applicant must provide additional information if NRCS determines their application may be funded. This additional information includes:
    Completed SF-1199 Direct Deposit Form
    All program payments will be direct deposited using this banking information.
    Power of Attorney Form (FSA 211 may be used) if the authorized individual wants to allow another individual to sign on their behalf.

    Failure to provide the required information may cause your application to be considered “ineligible” for the program year.

    For questions about conservation program applications, contact:

    Nicola Giardina

    State Office Resource Conservationist (Programs)
    Phone: (808) 541-2600 x 155

    Guam and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)
    Colleen Simpson

    West Area Resource Conservationist (Programs)
    Phone: (671) 300-8582