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2014 Farm Bill Streamlines, Consolidates Conservation Programs

Mary Jacobson
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United States Department of Agriculture  •  Natural Resources Conservation Service  •  356 Mountain View Dr., Suite 105, Colchester, Vermont 05446  •  Phone: (802) 951-6796  •  Web:


Contact: Mary Jacobson

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2014 Farm Bill Streamlines, Consolidates Conservation Programs

The 2014 Farm Bill has streamlined key conservation programs while strongly investing in conservation programs offered by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. The bill provides about $3.4 billion for fiscal 2014 for NRCS-administered programs.

The Farm Bill continues to provide financial and technical assistance for farmers and forest landowners in Vermont wanting to put conservation to work on their land through the NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

Under the new bill, EQIP absorbed the former Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP). The resource priorities and goals of WHIP to enhance wildlife habitat are now part of EQIP.

The agency’s key easement programs have also been merged into a new program called the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). The new program includes the former Wetlands Reserve Program, Grasslands Reserve Program and Farm and Ranchlands Protection Program.

“The new Farm Bill continues to give farmers and forest landowners the tools they need to address resource concerns while helping the environment,” Vermont State Conservationist, Vicky M. Drew, said. “NRCS is moving swiftly to get the consolidated and expanded programs implemented.”

To learn about technical and financial assistance available through conservation programs, visit your local USDA service center. For more on the 2014 Farm Bill, visit


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