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Farm Bill

The 2014 Farm Bill was enacted on February 7, 2014.

NRCS offers voluntary Farm Bill conservation programs that benefit both agricultural producers and the environment.

Some programs will be available immediately, while others will require limited time to be set up within the agency. Details are on each program page and at your local USDA Service Center.

Current Farm Bill contracts remain in effect; new sign-up information will be announced here as it becomes available.

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NRCS offers financial and technical assistance to help agricultural producers make and maintain conservation improvements on their land.

NRCS offers easement programs to eligible landowners to conserve working agricultural lands, wetlands, grasslands and forestlands.

NRCS works with partners to leverage additional conservation assistance for agricultural producers and landowners in priority conservation areas.

More on Financial Assistance.

More on Easements.

 

More on Partnership.

Other Farm Bill Programs

Other Resources

2008 Farm Bill Archive

Archive of 2008 Farm Bill Information

 

Applications for programs are accepted on a continuous basis.

The following documents require Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Conservation Programs Under the 2014 Farm Bill Available in Connecticut:



Program



Who Can Apply

Application Documents (NRCS)

Eligibility Documents
(filed with FSA)


Ranking Information


Supporting Information

Agricultural Management Assistance Program (AMA)

Agricultural producers with priority for limited resource, beginning, or full-time farmers.


 

 

 

Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Agricultural producers who have already adopted conservation strategies on their farms.    
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Agricultural producers with existing resource concerns.

2014 AFO-CAFO Ranking Tool (66 KB)

2014 Beginning Farmer Ranking Tool (74 KB)

2014 Certified Organic Ranking Tool (73 KB)

2014 Cropland Ranking Tool (72 KB)

2014 Forestry Ranking Tool (67 KB)

2014 Limited Resource Ranking Tool (74 KB)

2014 On-Farm Energy Ranking Tool (74 KB)

2014 Pasture-Hayland Ranking Tool (74 KB)

2014 Planning - CNMP CAP Ranking Tool (55 KB)

2014 Planning - Forest CAP Ranking Tool (54 KB)

2014 Planning Grazing CAP Ranking Tool (54 KB)

2014 Planning On-Farm Energy CAP Ranking Tool (55 KB)

2014 Seasonal High Tunnel Ranking Tool (62 KB)

2014 Socially Disadvantaged Ranking Tool (74 KB)

2014 Transition to Organic Ranking Tool (74 KB)

2014 Wildlife Ranking Tool (65 KB)

2014 EQIP Payment Schedule (652 KB)

2014 EQIP-CAPS Payment Schedule (90 KB)

2014 EQIP-Energy Payment Schedule (128 KB)

 

2014 EQIP-Organics Payment Schedule (370 KB)

2014 EQIP-Seasonal High Tunnel Payment Schedule (105 KB)

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)

National CIG

State CIG

Public and private entities who demonstrate promising cutting edge  approaches to address some of the most pressing natural resource concerns. Documents available online at www.grants.gov or hard copy from CT CIG Program Manager Nancy Ferlow. Applicants must work with EQIP-eligible landowners to be eligible for CIG. State CIGs are ranked in Connecticut. National CIGs are ranked at NRCS in Washington. Additional information is available on the NRCS national website and www.grants.gov
Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) State, local and non-profit entities with existing farm protection programs who demonstrate the staff and financial resources necessary to manage and enforce conservation easements.

Entity Application Materials:

Parcel Application Materials:

  • Average Adjusted Gross Income Certification - (coming soon)
  • Members Form - Form CCC901
    (253 KB)
 
Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) Landowners wanting to restore and protect grassland, pastureland, and certain other lands.  
  • Average Adjusted Gross Income Certification - (coming soon)
 
Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) Landowners who wish to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands on their property.

The following forms are available on the USDA Service Center e-Forms web site:

  • Application for Long-Term Contracted Assistance - AD-1153
  • Notice of Intent to Continue - AD-1159
  • Application for Payment - AD-1161
  • Average Adjusted Gross Income Certification - (coming soon)
 
Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) Owners or managers of agricultural lands (or lands capable of being farmed) interested in enhancing wildlife opportunities.
  • 2013 Working Lands for Wildlife Ranking

 

2014 WHIP-Working Lands for Wildlife Payment Schedule
 (220 KB)

2014 WHIP-Working Lands for Wildlife-New England Cottontail Payment Schedule (197 KB)