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NRCS Oklahoma Announces FY 2024 Sign-up Period for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP)

To assist poultry producers and neighbors with related resource concerns
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Native American farmer and retired teacher Jerri Parker grew up on in agriculture, but now she operates her diversified farm in Cromwell, Oklahoma.
With hoop houses, vegetables, 300 chickens, eggs and beef, she started sell to the public in 2004. 
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Applications due by Friday, June 14th for this batching deadline.

Stillwater, OK, May 15, 2024The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is announcing Friday, June 14th, 2024, as the first application batching deadline for the Neighborhood Solutions RCPP in FY 2024. NRCS accepts applications on a continuous basis, and applications received after the deadline will be considered for the next batching date, as funding allows.

Neighborhood Solutions Project

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Oklahoma Conservation Commission (OCC), and Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) have partnered to address resource concerns related to the expansion and evolution of the poultry industry in eastern Oklahoma. 

Potential practices utilized to address these resource concerns: Waste Storage Facility, Animal Mortality Facility, Composting Facility, Nutrient Management, Roof Runoff Structures, Conservation Cover, Tree/Shrub Establishment, Vegetative Barriers, Diversions, Critical Area Plantings, etc.  

Eligibility

Eligible participants for the Neighborhood Solutions RCPP Project are poultry producers and neighbors located in: Craig, Ottawa, Delaware, Cherokee, Adair, Sequoyah, Mayes, Muskogee, LeFlore, Haskell, and McCurtain counties.

As per all USDA/NRCS participation rules, applicants must: have records established and up to date with the Farm Service Agency, own or operate agricultural land, and be treating a primary resource concern for this project.  

How to Apply

Interested participants will need to contact their local NRCS Field Office to apply. GRDA will help conduct initial assessments (your local NRCS Field Office will provide your GRDA point of contact). NRCS will complete all needed field inventories, eligibility checks, and rank applications received by the application deadline accordingly.

Regional Conservation Stewardship (RCPP)

RCPP is a partner-driven approach to conservation that allows NRCS and partners to co-invest in solutions to natural resource challenges on agricultural and non-industrial private forest lands. This program allows eligible partners to focus NRCS funding, while leveraging their partner funding, on important conservation issues in specific regions across the state and nation. 

More Information

For more information about NRCS programs and technical assistance visit NRCS Oklahoma or contact your local NRCS Field Office.

For more information about RCPP and becoming a partner, visit NRCS Oklahoma RCPP or email the Regional Conservation Partnership Program Coordinator at tiffany.nelson1@usda.gov.