How It Works
How It Works
South Dakota NRCS supports the locally led conservation effort in the
delivery of conservation programs. The State Technical Committee (STC), convened
by the State Conservationist, consists of conservation stakeholders including
individuals representing commodity
groups; private entities; Tribal representatives; private individuals; federal,
state, and local governments.
Conservation programs may provide a conservation practice payment for implementing certain
conservation practices important to improving and maintaining the health of
South Dakota's natural resources. Payments for management practices may be
provided for up to three years to encourage producers to carry out these
practices that they may not otherwise do without the incentive.
Historically Underserved individuals and groups are eligible for increased
The 2008 Farm Bill recognizes landowners/operators who are socially
disadvantage, have limited resources, and are beginning farmers/ranchers as
eligible for special incentives for program participation. These
incentives include increased payment rates, and evaluation under special funding
pools for which a separate payment schedule has been developed.
Historically Underserved individuals and groups.
Limited Resource Farmer or Rancher
- Is an applicant with direct or indirect gross farm sales not more than
the current indexed value in each of the previous two years; and
- Who has a total household income at or below the national poverty level
for a family of four, or less than 50 percent of the county median household
income in each of the previous two years.
- Legal entity or joint operation can
be a Limited Resource Farmer only if all individual members independently
- Self-determination tool can be
Beginning Farmer or Rancher
- Is an applicant who has not operated a farm or ranch, or who has
operated a farm or ranch for not more than 10 consecutive years. This
requirement applies to all members of the legal entity.
- Will materially and substantially participate in the operation of the
farm or ranch.
Socially Disadvantaged Farmer or Rancher
- Is a group whose members have been subject to racial or ethnic prejudice
because of their identity as members of a group without regard to their
individual qualities. These groups consist of the following:
- American Indians or Alaskan Natives
- Blacks or African Americans
- Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders
A conservation plan will be developed at a minimum for the acres affected by
the program practices, if the participant doesn't already have one.
Conservation practices must meet NRCS technical standards. Farmers may
elect to use an approved third-party provider for technical assistance, if
State Conservationist for Programs, 605-352-1226