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Your Guide to the New Farm Bill

With the enactment of the Agricultural Act of 2014 funding provided for the Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) in FY-2014 is no longer available.

Anyone still interested in applying for water enhancement projects should go to the Farm Bill RCPP web page.

Below is a quick summary of changes made to conservation programs in the new Farm Bill. These programs are administered by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.  The new Farm Bill streamlines conservation programs that enable farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to get assistance.

To get started with NRCS, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted or visit your local USDA service center.

Previous Farm Bill vs. New & Streamlined Farm Bill

Financial Assistance

Environmental Quality Incentives Program  Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program

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Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Conservation Stewardship Program } Conservation Stewardship Program
Agricultural Management Assistance } Agricultural Management Assistance

Easements

Wetlands Reserve Program
Grassland Reserve Program
Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program
} Agricultural Conservation Easement Program
Healthy Forests Reserve Program } Healthy Forests Reserve Program

Partnerships

Cooperative Conservation
Partnership Initiative
Agricultural Water Enhancement Program
Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative
Great Lakes Basin Program
} Regional Conservation Partnership Program

Other

Technical Service Providers } Technical Service Providers
Conservation Innovation Grants  } Conservation Innovation Grants 
Agriculture Conservation Experienced
Services Program
} Agriculture Conservation Experienced
Services Program
Voluntary Public Access and Habitat
Incentive Program – administered by
Farm Service Agency
} Voluntary Public Access and Habitat
Incentive Program
Emergency Watershed Protection Program* } Emergency Watershed Protection Program*
Small Watershed Rehabilitation Program* } Small Watershed Rehabilitation Program*

 *EWP and Small Watershed Rehabilitation Program are not Farm Bill programs but are offered by NRCS; Small Watershed Rehabilitation Program was funded through the 2014 Farm Bill.

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