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Conservation Activity Plan (CAP)

NRCS accepts applications on a continuous basis throughout the year.  However to be considered for FY 2016 funding, applications for development of a CAP must be received by Friday July 15th, 2016. 


What Is A Conservation Activity Plan?

A Conservation Activity Plan or CAP can be developed for producers to identify conservation practices needed to address a specific natural resource need. Typically, these plans are specific to certain kinds of land use such as transitioning to organic operations, grazing land, forest land, or can also address a specific resource need such a plan for management of nutrients or to address an air quality concern. With a CAP plan, producers can then apply for financial assistance to implement the needed conservation practices.

CAP Plans and Cost List

Conservation Activity Plans (CAPs):

  • Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan
  • Nutrient Management Plan
  • Forest Management Plan
  • Grazing Management Plan
  • Integrated Pest Management Plan
  • Irrigation Water Management Plan
  • Agricultural Energy Management Plan-Headquarters
  • Agricultural Energy Management Plan-Landscape
  • Comprehensive Air Quality Management CAP
  • Conservation Plan Supporting Organic Transition
  • Fish and Wildlife Habitat Management Plan
  • Pollinator Habitat Plan
  • Prescribed Burning Plan
  • Drainage Waste Management Plan

CAP Plan Cost List:

Conservation Activity Plans-Cost List for Standard Practice Payment Rates and Historically Underserved Practice Payment Rates (PDF, 85 KB)

CAP Ranking Tool:

CAP Ranking Tool (PDF, 80 KB)