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Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative

Funds Available for Cooperative Conservation Partnership to Improve Natural Resources (en Español)

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is seeking proposals from eligible partners for projects to help owners and operators of agricultural and non industrial forest lands improve their natural resources through the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI). Producers can use CCPI to achieve conservation benefits such as clean air and water, productive soils and abundant wildlife.

"Partnerships with farmers are an effective way to address environmental concerns related to agriculture," said Edwin Almodovar, Director of Natural Resources Conservation Service in the Caribbean Area. "Through CCPI, landowners and operators can volunteer to help reduce sediments and nutrients, increase carbon sequestration and build a healthier environment across the Caribbean Area."

CCPI helps agricultural producers and forest landowners address conservation priorities at the local, state and regional level; meets federal, state and local regulations related to production; cooperate in installing and maintaining conservation practices; and develop and demonstrate innovative conservation practices and delivery methods, including practices associated with specialty crop and organic farming as well as precision agriculture.

Eligible partners include state and local units of government, farmer cooperatives, and producer associations, institutions of higher education, and nongovernmental organizations with a history of working cooperatively with agricultural producers. The request for Proposals can be found at: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-8244.pdf. Individual farmers and operators cannot submit a partner proposal. An agricultural producer or nonindustrial private forest landowner can receive financial and technical assistance for soil, water, plant, air and animal-related concerns if their land is located within an approved CCPI partnership project area.

CCPI is funded through three existing NRCS programs: EQIP, CSP and WHIP. NRCS will provide financial and technical assistance directly to agricultural producers using the rules and procedures of these programs. Potential partners are not required to contribute matching funding but it increases their prospects for selection if they provide financial, technical, or other resources.

Proposals should identify the project area, conservation priorities in the area, the conservation objectives of the project, the number of producers likely to participate, the capabilities and resources offered by the applicant, and monitoring and reporting plan, among other factors.

Detailed partnership proposal requirements are located at the National CCPI webpage (www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/ccpi/index.html). Once a partnership proposal is selected, interested eligible agricultural producers and nonindustrial private forest landowners within the project area can apply directly to NRCS for funding under the appropriate conservation program. Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements of the program for which they are applying. Please visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs for more information on each program and eligibility requirements.

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