If you own or manage farmland or forest land, run a greenhouse, or grow shellfish or other specialty crops in Massachusetts, the Farm Bill conservation programs can help you address natural resource concerns and opportunities on your land.
Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) - CSP is a voluntary program that encourages agricultural and forestry producers to maintain existing conservation activities and adopt additional ones on their operations.
Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP) - helps landowners restore, enhance and protect forestland resources on private lands through easements and financial assistance. HFRP is not available in Massachusetts
The State Technical Committee advises the NRCS State Conservationist on the technical guidelines necessary to implement the conservation provisions of the Farm Bill.
Don't lose your USDA benefits! Most USDA programs require you to comply with the Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation provisions of the Food Security Act of 1985, as amended, which link program eligibility to farming practices designed to protect wetlands and to protect highly erodible land from excessive soil erosion.