NRCS Conservation Programs
Illinois Farm Bill Programs
Illinois NRCS Initiative
2013 Air Quality Initiative - The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is dedicated to implementing conservation practices that improve air quality.
2013 On-Farm Energy Initiative - Environmental Quality Incentives Program has been authorized to provide financial opportunities for producers to address on-farm energy conservation through practice implementation and for development of energy conservation plans.
Driftless Area Landscape Conservation Initiative (DALCI) - NRCS will offer financial assistance in 2013 to agricultural producers for implementing practices that reduce erosion and improve fish wildlife habitat in the Driftless Area of Illinois. Financial assistance will come through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and will focus on reducing erosion and sediment delivery to surface water as well as activities related to improving fish and wildlife habitats.
Mississippi River Basin Initiative (MRBI) - To improve the health of the Mississippi River Basin, including water quality and wildlife habitat, the Natural Resources Conservation Service has created the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI).
National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) - The National Water Quality Initiative will assist producers to address high-priority water resource concerns in small watersheds with streams or water bodies.
Organic Initiative - Participation in the Organic Initiative is open to persons who are certified organic or are transitioning to organic.
Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative - The goal of the Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative to assist producers to extent the growing season for high value crops in an environmentally safe manner.
2008 Farm Bill Brochure