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Arizona NRCS Programs

Arizona NRCS and its partnering agencies administer a broad range of conservation programs to assist farmers, ranchers, and other landowners in conserving natural resources. These programs provide incentives such as technical and financial assistance to install conservation practices. If you own or manage farm, range, or forest land, then the 2014 Farm Bill conservation programs can help you address natural resource concerns and opportunities on your land.

Participation in all conservation programs is voluntary. Participant requirements and eligibility vary by program. The charts below do not contain all the NRCS programs in entirety. Visit your local USDA - NRCS Service Center to help determine which programs may be right for you.

NRCS Farm Bill Programs established through the 2014 Farm Bill

Financial Assistance Programs
Description/ Who Should Apply
Application Deadlines*

The Conservation Stewardship Program helps agricultural producers maintain and improve their existing conservation systems and adopt additional conservation activities to address priority resources concerns.  Participants earn CSP payments for conservation performance - the higher the performance, the higher the payment. 

 

EQIP provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers in order to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, reduced soil erosion and sedimentation or improved or created wildlife habitat.

 

 

Easement Programs
Description/ Who Should Apply
Application Deadlines*

The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) provides financial and technical assistance to help conserve agricultural lands and wetlands and their related benefits. Under the Agricultural Land Easements component, NRCS helps Indian tribes, state and local governments and non-governmental organizations protect working agricultural lands and limit non-agricultural uses of the land.  Under the Wetlands Reserve Easements component, NRCS helps to restore, protect and enhance enrolled wetlands.

 

 

Partnerships
Description/ Who Should Apply
Application Deadlines*
The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) promotes coordination between NRCS and its partners to deliver conservation assistance to producers and landowners. NRCS provides assistance to producers through partnership agreements and through program contracts or easement agreements.
Pre-proposal due  July 14, 2014

 

Other Technical Assistance Programs
Description/ Who Should Apply

Natural resources conservation planning services to private and public individuals, groups, and entities.

Any group or individual interested in conserving natural resources and sustaining agricultural production.

Helps groups of people with imminent hazards to life and property caused by natural disasters. NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to preserve life and property threatened by excessive erosion and flooding.

Public and private landowners are eligible for assistance but must be represented by a project sponsor. The project sponsor must be a unit of government such as a city, county, or conservation district.

The Watershed Rehabilitation Program assists watershed project sponsors, such as county flood control districts, with the rehabilitation of aging dams that are unsafe and/or near the end of their project life.

Project sponsors of existing flood protection dams originally built under the Watershed Protection & Flood Prevention Act.

*NRCS accepts applications year-round. The application deadlines refer to the current ranking cycle.

If you are interested in participating in any of the above programs, please contact your local USDA-NRCS Service Center.

 

State Office Programs Team

Name
Position
Office Phone
Email Address
Dennis Kimberlin
Assistant State Conservationist/ Programs
602-280-8800
Jason Kepler
Farm Bill Specialist
602-280-8824
Tim Garcia
Farm Bill Specialist
602-280-8823
Pamela Allsworth
Administrative Assistant
602-280-8788