NRCS Conservation Programs

Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP)

The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) promotes coordination between NRCS and its partners to deliver conservation assistance to producers and landowners. NRCS provides assistance to producers through partnership agreements and through program contracts or easement agreements.

RCPP combines the authorities of four former conservation programs the Agricultural Water Enhancement Program, the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Program, the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative and the Great Lakes Basin Program. Assistance is delivered in accordance with the rules of EQIP, CSP, ACEP and HFRP; and in certain areas the Watershed Operations and Flood Prevention Program.

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Financial Information: Total Obligations | Technical Assistance | Financial Assistance | Reimbursable
Contracts: Contract Data |Maps
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Financial Information

The Financial Information section presents data from the USDA Office of the Chief Financial Officer's Financial Management Modernization Initiative (FMMI) system and its predecessor, the Foundation Financial Information System (FFIS). The Financial Information presented here is Total Obligations which the Government Accountability Office defines as binding agreements (orders placed, contracts awarded, services rendered, etc.) that will result in outlays, immediately or in the future. Before obligations can be incurred, budgetary resources must be made available by Congress. The obligations displayed for each year are the total obligations reported as of the end of each fiscal year. Subsequent adjustments after the close of the fiscal year are not included.

There are three categories of Total Obligations presented below:

  • Technical Assistance (TA) Obligations refer to the scientific expertise, natural resource data, tools, and technology that USDA NRCS personnel provide to help producers, landowners, and communities develop conservation plans and implement conservation practices to solve natural resource problems at the field, operation, or larger landscape scales. NRCS is the lead agency for providing technical assistance for USDA.
  • Financial Assistance (FA) Obligations refer to the commitment of funds to contracts for payments that will be made to program participants for implementing conservation practices, which can provide both on-site and off-site conservation benefits.
  • Reimbursable funds can be used to provide Technical or Financial Assistance, but are received from sources other than NRCS. They can also be transfers from or agreements with other Federal agencies.

Total Obligations, by Fiscal Year and Type
RCPP Total Obligations, by Fiscal Year
In thousands of dollars
Division 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Alabama $81.2
$99.4
$26.1
$370.4
$1,064.8
Alaska $7.1
$2,705.8
$54.1
$-45.5
$1,399.2
Arizona $12.2
$211.0
$1,010.1
$-213.5
$1,575.4
Arkansas $14.7
$529.7
$4,474.2
$1,344.8
$216.2
California $30.5
$2,782.8
$545.9
$5,700.1
$4,178.4
Caribbean $6.0
$103.7
$18.2
$17.9
$116.5
Colorado $17.1
$18.8
$863.1
$1,370.1
$5,199.6
Connecticut $6.3
$510.5
$3,968.0
$1,158.5
$311.8
Delaware $4.5
$81.8
$619.1
$746.3
$994.8
Florida $14.8
$13.5
$544.1
$517.6
$6,378.1
Georgia $13.4
$539.0
$142.3
$925.2
$233.4
Hawaii/Pacific $12.2
$15.4
$8.3
$541.4
$869.9
Idaho $17.6
$50.0
$96.6
$205.8
$396.2
Illinois $20.2
$476.3
$69.6
$47.3
$453.4
Indiana $17.6
$389.2
$154.5
$249.4
$701.6
Iowa $21.2
$593.8
$2,313.5
$2,076.8
$486.3
Kansas $18.9
$2,409.1
$495.3
$1,665.9
$1,064.9
Kentucky $17.6
$123.2
$223.3
$101.2
$1,045.4
Louisiana $20.0
$240.4
$1,085.2
$103.3
$502.5
Maine $7.7
$44.4
$771.2
$4.5
$1,004.6
Maryland $7.1
$1,440.8
$2,682.9
$1,421.3
$662.3
Massachusetts $8.8
$92.5
$289.2
$87.8
$356.1
Michigan $13.9
$1,341.1
$1,928.5
$4,519.2
$7,937.3
Minnesota $13.7
$315.1
$7,126.9
$465.2
$1,015.1
Mississippi $16.9
$136.1
$566.4
$315.9
$148.2
Missouri $22.7
$210.2
$906.7
$1,771.6
$2,094.5
Montana $18.5
$57.4
$229.8
$107.7
$378.3
Nebraska $24.0
$50.3
$174.0
$271.9
$2,028.0
Nevada $6.4
$1,477.7
$106.7
$1,032.0
$43.4
New Hampshire $5.9
$68.0
$592.6
$469.1
$317.1
New Jersey $6.7
$427.3
$1,944.0
$1,130.0
$263.5
New Mexico $9.5
$4,551.8
$1,772.8
$1,075.0
$3,508.7
New York $11.7
$8.4
$2,727.7
$567.1
$1,000.1
North Carolina $14.1
$11.3
$110.8
$953.3
$1,618.8
North Dakota $14.3
$3,222.7
$1,084.0
$694.4
$100.2
Ohio $11.0
$16.9
$1,122.7
$1,289.4
$309.8
Oklahoma $19.4
$637.7
$52.7
$10.5
$20.4
Oregon $18.3
$4,265.1
$3,709.3
$4,728.4
$5,568.4
Pennsylvania $12.8
$3,607.9
$5,609.8
$3,946.5
$2,014.5
Rhode Island $6.2
$115.4
$402.4
$452.6
$626.6
South Carolina $8.0
$746.7
$341.8
$13.7
$11.6
South Dakota $15.0
$366.6
$427.5
$1,411.9
$678.1
Tennessee $14.5
$239.9
$97.3
$1,012.1
$1,121.4
Texas $28.0
$33.5
$673.2
$324.7
$916.0
Utah $16.0
$708.9
$19.0
$10.9
$1,182.3
Vermont $7.7
$1,803.5
$582.7
$63.9
$541.7
Virginia $13.7
$120.5
$1,565.2
$2,480.6
$1,920.0
Washington $20.5
$4,197.8
$1,427.9
$1,051.7
$2,724.7
West Virginia $7.7
$8.4
$1,264.5
$176.7
$240.0
Wisconsin $8.9
$480.3
$521.0
$301.4
$959.9
Wyoming $10.0
$254.2
$158.6
$117.2
$790.0
Other $1,201.2
$1,016.0
$1,452.0
$3,190.6
$3,563.1
Total $1,973.9
$43,968.3
$59,153.3
$52,351.7
$72,853.1
Notes:
• Data Source: USDA-NRCS, 2014-2018 data from Financial Management Modernization Initiative (FMMI).
• Caribbean includes Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.
• Hawaii/Pacific includes Hawaii and the Pacific Basin.
• Other indicates Headquarters, Regional, or other non-State divisions.
• Negative numbers reflect fund adjustments made throughout the year.
• Totals may not exactly match sum over divisions due to rounding.

RCPP Technical Assistance Obligations,
by Fiscal Year
In thousands of dollars
Division 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Alabama $14.2
$75.4
$26.1
$370.4
$1,063.3
Alaska $7.1
$2,705.8
$54.1
$-45.5
$1,399.2
Arizona $12.2
$211.0
$760.9
$-657.2
$984.8
Arkansas $14.7
$11.7
$820.8
$1,340.2
$216.2
California $30.5
$2,249.7
$319.1
$4,668.3
$3,660.5
Caribbean $6.0
$103.7
$18.2
$17.9
$116.5
Colorado $17.1
$18.8
$863.1
$1,370.1
$575.2
Connecticut $6.3
$510.5
$3,968.0
$1,158.5
$310.9
Delaware $4.5
$81.8
$251.0
$228.4
$232.0
Florida $14.8
$13.5
$544.1
$162.7
$218.9
Georgia $13.4
$539.0
$142.3
$925.2
$233.4
Hawaii/Pacific $12.2
$15.4
$8.3
$62.9
$167.3
Idaho $17.6
$50.0
$96.6
$148.6
$108.4
Illinois $20.2
$476.3
$54.4
$42.6
$374.6
Indiana $17.6
$389.2
$154.5
$249.4
$701.6
Iowa $21.2
$372.7
$1,009.6
$502.7
$69.2
Kansas $18.9
$2,409.1
$127.1
$1,024.7
$585.3
Kentucky $17.6
$123.2
$178.6
$101.2
$1,045.4
Louisiana $20.0
$240.4
$300.5
$103.3
$502.0
Maine $7.7
$44.4
$771.2
$4.5
$1,004.6
Maryland $7.1
$806.0
$1,220.1
$381.3
$190.3
Massachusetts $8.8
$92.5
$289.2
$87.8
$356.1
Michigan $13.9
$1,341.1
$51.7
$1,471.9
$1,220.2
Minnesota $13.7
$156.6
$6,957.9
$118.0
$159.1
Mississippi $16.9
$136.1
$97.9
$53.6
$144.0
Missouri $22.7
$23.3
$176.7
$256.4
$115.4
Montana $18.5
$57.4
$229.8
$107.7
$378.3
Nebraska $24.0
$50.3
$41.0
$42.7
$76.4
Nevada $6.4
$1,477.7
$106.7
$9.2
$43.4
New Hampshire $5.9
$68.0
$592.6
$169.1
$317.1
New Jersey $6.7
$96.2
$246.1
$184.9
$247.0
New Mexico $9.5
$921.8
$861.5
$812.6
$1,507.1
New York $11.7
$8.4
$2,727.7
$522.9
$129.9
North Carolina $14.1
$11.3
$110.8
$953.3
$451.4
North Dakota $14.3
$3,222.7
$1,084.0
$694.4
$100.2
Ohio $11.0
$16.9
$1,122.7
$1,153.4
$309.8
Oklahoma $19.4
$637.3
$52.7
$10.5
$20.4
Oregon $18.3
$3,328.1
$1,899.0
$1,163.0
$2,366.6
Pennsylvania $12.8
$2,735.4
$315.8
$274.7
$827.1
Rhode Island $6.2
$115.4
$402.4
$452.6
$619.5
South Carolina $8.0
$746.7
$341.8
$13.7
$11.6
South Dakota $15.0
$366.6
$427.5
$211.2
$229.9
Tennessee $14.5
$239.9
$97.3
$25.5
$706.5
Texas $28.0
$33.5
$113.2
$41.0
$223.7
Utah $16.0
$708.9
$19.0
$10.9
$1,182.3
Vermont $7.7
$1,803.5
$582.7
$63.9
$499.3
Virginia $13.7
$120.5
$336.4
$432.0
$304.5
Washington $20.5
$4,193.1
$675.7
$937.8
$221.6
West Virginia $7.7
$8.4
$1,196.6
$26.5
$71.8
Wisconsin $8.9
$384.6
$190.5
$8.5
$628.5
Wyoming $10.0
$254.2
$158.6
$117.2
$158.2
Other $1,201.2
$1,016.0
$1,452.0
$3,190.6
$3,563.1
Total $1,906.9
$35,820.2
$34,646.1
$25,777.9
$30,949.6
Notes:
• Data Source: USDA-NRCS, 2014-2018 data from Financial Management Modernization Initiative (FMMI).
• Caribbean includes Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.
• Hawaii/Pacific includes Hawaii and the Pacific Basin.
• Other indicates Headquarters, Regional, or other non-State divisions.
• Negative numbers reflect fund adjustments made throughout the year.
• Totals may not exactly match sum over divisions due to rounding.

RCPP Financial Assistance Obligations,
by Fiscal Year
In thousands of dollars
Division 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Alabama



$1.5
Arizona

$249.2
$443.6
$590.6
Arkansas
$518.1
$3,653.4
$4.6

California
$533.1
$226.7
$1,031.8
$517.9
Colorado



$4,624.4
Connecticut



$0.9
Delaware

$368.1
$517.9
$762.8
Florida


$354.8
$6,159.2
Hawaii/Pacific


$478.4
$702.6
Idaho


$57.1
$287.8
Illinois

$15.2
$4.7
$78.8
Iowa
$221.1
$1,303.9
$1,574.0
$417.1
Kansas

$368.2
$641.2
$479.6
Kentucky

$44.7


Louisiana

$784.7

$0.5
Maryland
$634.9
$1,462.8
$1,039.9
$472.0
Michigan

$1,876.9
$3,047.3
$6,717.1
Minnesota
$158.6
$168.9
$347.2
$856.0
Mississippi

$468.4
$262.3
$4.2
Missouri
$186.9
$730.0
$1,515.3
$1,979.1
Nebraska

$132.9
$229.1
$1,951.6
Nevada


$1,022.8

New Hampshire


$300.0

New Jersey
$331.1
$1,697.9
$945.1
$16.5
New Mexico
$3,630.1
$911.3
$262.4
$2,001.6
New York


$44.2
$870.2
North Carolina



$1,167.4
Ohio


$136.0

Oklahoma
$0.4



Oregon
$937.0
$1,810.4
$3,565.5
$3,201.8
Pennsylvania
$872.5
$5,294.1
$3,671.7
$1,187.4
Rhode Island



$7.1
South Dakota


$1,200.6
$448.2
Tennessee


$986.6
$414.9
Texas

$560.0
$283.8
$692.3
Vermont



$42.4
Virginia

$1,228.8
$2,048.6
$1,615.5
Washington
$4.7
$752.2
$114.0
$2,503.1
West Virginia

$67.9
$150.2
$168.2
Wisconsin
$95.7
$330.5
$292.8
$331.4
Wyoming



$631.8
Total
$8,124.1
$24,507.1
$26,573.8
$41,903.5
Notes:
• Data Source: USDA-NRCS, 2014-2018 data from Financial Management Modernization Initiative (FMMI).
• Totals may not exactly match sum over divisions due to rounding.

RCPP Reimbursable Obligations,
by Fiscal Year
In thousands of dollars
Division 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Alabama $67.0
$24.0



Total $67.0
$24.0



Notes:
• Data Source: USDA-NRCS, 2014-2018 data from Financial Management Modernization Initiative (FMMI).
• Totals may not exactly match sum over divisions due to rounding.

Contracts


RCPP Federal assistance is delivered in accordance with the authorities of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP), and in certain geographic areas, the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention program. NRCS and partners implement RCPP projects by working with agricultural producers and owners of agricultural and forest land.

NRCS provides RCPP assistance to project participants in accordance with the authorities and rules of the covered programs. Applicants identify the specific conservation activity and the appropriate covered program for delivery. For example, a watershed-scale drought mitigation project may be delivered through EQIP and CSP, allowing for implementation of on-farm irrigation improvements and enhancements. In this case, the applicant would estimate the financial assistance (FA) and technical assistance (TA) funds (EQIP) and acres to be treated (CSP) for each program to accomplish the project objective. In other cases, for example to achieve wildlife habitat and agricultural viability objectives, easements through ACEP may be the appropriate program authority, or in combination with EQIP and CSP.

RCPP Contract Data by State and Fiscal Year
State 2015 2016 2017 2018
Number of Active and Completed Contracts Total Acres on Active and Completed Contracts Number of Active and Completed Contracts Total Acres on Active and Completed Contracts Number of Active and Completed Contracts Total Acres on Active and Completed Contracts Number of Active and Completed Contracts Total Acres on Active and Completed Contracts
Alabama 10
854.0
26
2,846.1
21
3,158.1
88
24,220.0
Arizona 1
5,375.0
12
53,584.4
14
83,199.7
17
66,274.0
Arkansas 6
953.0
90
23,987.6
70
70,631.8
92
42,733.3
California 1
44.4
103
43,349.9
72
38,477.8
39
48,845.5
Caribbean





2
177.5
Colorado 2
123.5
1
96.8
19
2,992.7
19
8,103.4
Connecticut

3
100.8
14
95.0
2
292.2
Delaware

25
5,697.5
66
14,776.0
22
574.8
Florida

13
18,048.3
19
14,218.2


Georgia

136
9,724.4


74
3,269.2
Hawaii/Pacific 1
101.6
1
252.1
3
3,449.1
3
397.0
Idaho

8
3,298.6
18
1,861.3
31
3,148.2
Illinois 30
2,827.7
60
5,235.0
66
6,813.5
90
15,914.2
Indiana 53
19,070.7
21
4,405.1
46
10,107.5
35
7,501.1
Iowa 9
1,082.9
56
6,779.7
161
25,358.2
234
33,017.0
Kansas

65
11,526.1
119
20,943.2
107
15,067.4
Kentucky

1
46.4
17
771.8
112
19,839.4
Louisiana

52
35,208.4
63
51,134.8
29
24,629.1
Maine

1
92.0
11
838.8
29
2,629.0
Maryland 8
1,658.4
27
6,859.1
31
4,762.4
36
3,322.3
Massachusetts

1
3.7
20
739.7
7
417.8
Michigan 5
8,049.4
54
22,105.9
96
31,421.0
74
24,803.6
Minnesota 10
295.9
70
12,016.9
107
16,613.3
84
14,920.2
Mississippi

42
5,545.2
129
14,882.1
20
10,104.1
Missouri 73
7,171.9
166
23,406.2
123
30,909.3
260
58,385.5
Montana 1
500.0
1
475.0
3
661.0
10
2,522.3
Nebraska 10
720.6
16
1,762.8
91
19,107.1
107
20,372.7
Nevada



3
1,231.7
1
636.6
New Hampshire 1
5,000.0
7
10,297.6
13
6,390.2
12
14,298.4
New Jersey 9
842.0
37
4,237.2
24
2,124.4
8
323.7
New Mexico 48
464,704.1
16
105,463.5
5
42,672.4
79
932,210.9
New York

30
1,497.8
11
1,160.6
64
5,457.7
North Carolina 2
75.0
2
125.0
29
6,605.0
17
1,792.2
North Dakota 39
26,665.1
15
15,073.2
6
16,097.1
6
420.2
Ohio 91
29,330.1
45
5,624.1
49
2,511.1
23
1,539.2
Oklahoma

12
2,402.0
10
3,201.4
27
4,795.2
Oregon 17
12,116.4
54
13,857.9
101
35,549.5
102
58,891.5
Pennsylvania 13
1,266.1
68
5,720.1
88
6,474.1
59
4,812.1
Rhode Island

16
560.5
3
132.0
8
275.9
South Carolina

3
5.0
26
928.3
23
786.4
South Dakota 2
165.5
6
773.3
25
4,339.7
67
48,113.5
Tennessee 5
893.0
18
2,902.9
43
4,670.6
11
1,349.9
Texas 7
1,232.2
36
7,902.0
94
36,317.5
139
36,725.3
Utah

4
2,551.2
3
23,640.9
2
812.8
Vermont 20
4,263.6
62
12,224.3
46
5,314.4
58
6,943.0
Virginia 108
14,014.5
93
7,507.9
139
6,473.8
49
2,128.4
Washington 1
1,000.0
19
20,230.7
51
18,271.7
44
18,445.6
West Virginia

11
669.8
23
945.1
25
603.3
Wisconsin 44
2,549.1
105
5,725.4
159
12,266.4
136
21,976.4
Wyoming

4
394.8
4
2,152.0
40
13,727.9
Total 627
612,945.7
1,714
522,200.2
2,354
707,393.3
2,623
1,628,546.8
Notes:
• Data Source: USDA-NRCS, ProTracts Program Contracts System, October 2018.
• Hawaii/Pacific includes Hawaii and the Pacific Basin.
• Totals may not exactly match sum over states due to rounding.

More Information

The data in this report can be downloaded here.


For more information about NRCS Conservation Programs, visit http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/

Citation for this website:
U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Financial Management Modernization Initiative (FMMI) 2012-2018 Data October 2018
Foundation Financial Information System (FFIS) 2009-2011 Data
ProTracts Program Contracts System October 2018
Natural Resources Conservation Service, Washington, DC. 31 March 2019*
<http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/NRCS_RCA/reports/srpt_cp_rcpp.html>

*[use date the website was accessed]