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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 cost-sharing assistance to install conservation practices. If you own or manage farm, range, or forest land, then the 2008 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 2008 Farm Bill

Financial Assistance Programs

Description/

Who Should Apply

2014 Deadlines
Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

Rewards farmers and ranchers who address natural resource concerns in a comprehensive manner and offers compensation for undertaking additional enhancements.

February 7, 2014
Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI)

Enables NRCS partners to help enhance conservation outcomes in conjunction with other programs on agricultural lands and private, nonindustrial forest lands.

State and local units of government, producer associations, farmer cooperatives, tribes, institutions of higher education, and nongovernmental organizations.

April 18, 2014

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

Financial assistance to install permanent measures, adopt new management strategies, or develop activity plans for a wide range of natural resource concerns.

Agricultural producers who want to plan and install measures to protect the soil, water, air, and other natural resources on their working land.

Second Application Deadline:
April 18, 2014

Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) - Working Lands for Wildlife  (WLFW)

A new partnership between NRCS and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to use agency technical expertise combined with $33 million in financial assistance from the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program to combat the decline of seven specific wildlife species whose decline can be reversed and will benefit other species with similar habitat needs.

Owners or managers of non-industrial, private forest land, agricultural land, or land that is capable of being farmed who are interested in enhancing wildlife opportunities.

Second Application Deadline:
April 18, 2014

 

Easement Programs

Description/

Who Should Apply

2014 Deadlines
Farm  and Ranchland Protection Program (FRPP)

Helps land conservation-focused partners assist farmers in keeping their land in agriculture through the purchase of development rights.

State, local, and non-profit entities with existing farm protection programs who have adequate staff and financial resources necessary to manage and enforce conservation easements

March 7, 2014
Grassland Reserve Program (GRP)

Provides financial assistance to restore and protect private grasslands, pasturelands, and other lands while maintaining the areas in grass.

State, local, and non-profit entities with existing farm protection programs who have adequate staff and financial resources necessary to manage and enforce conservation easements.

March 7, 2014
Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP)

Technical and financial assistance to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands through the purchase of easements and enhancement activities.

State, local, and non-profit entities with existing farm protection programs who have adequate staff and financial resources necessary to manage and enforce conservation easements.

March 7, 2014

 

 

Technical Assistance Programs

Description/

Who Should Apply

Conservation  Technical Assistance (CTA)

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.

Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP)

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.

Watershed Rehabilitation Program

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.

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