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USDA Seeks Applications from Scituate Reservoir Watershed Farmers for the Rhode Island Farm Conservation Implementation Project

Apply by April 21st to be considered for this year’s funding
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Eastern side of Scituate Reservoir, facing northwest, on Plainfield Pike in Scituate, RI. Photo by Meghan Santos, USGS New England Water Science Center, May 17 2021.

NRCS encourages Rhode Island farmers and forestland owners in the Scituate Reservoir Watershed to sign up for conservation assistance under the Rhode Island Farm Conservation Implementation Partnership Project through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

RCPP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to farmers and forestland owners to address natural resource concerns through an array of conservation practices. This RCPP is focused on smaller farms located within the Scituate Reservoir Watershed. To qualify for the financial assistance offered through this program, applicants will need a completed comprehensive nutrient management plan (CNMP) in addition to a Farm Conservation Plan through the RI DEM Farm, Forest & Open Space Program.

Applications may be submitted at any time during the year, however, interested farmers should apply with their local NRCS office by April 21, 2023, to ensure their application is considered for this year’s funding. For more information on available programs, the application process, and natural resource priorities, visit the Rhode Island NRCS website at

“Through the RCPP program, NRCS and our partners help producers install and maintain conservation activities in selected project areas,” said Phou Vongkhamdy, State Conservationist for NRCS in Rhode Island. “Assistance is available to support private landowners and managers in addressing farm, field, forest, and/or water, management issues.”

RCPP encourages partner organizations to join in efforts with farmers and forest landowners to increase the restoration and sustainable use of soil, water, wildlife and related natural resources on regional or watershed scales. Partners leverage RCPP funding in project areas and report on the benefits achieved.
NRCS is a federal agency that works hand-in-hand with conservation districts and the people of Rhode Island to improve and protect soil, water, air, plants, animals and other natural resources.

For more information, contact your local conservation district or NRCS field office at:

Northern RI Conservation District 
Serving Providence County 

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
60 Quaker Lane, Suite 46
Warwick, RI 02886 

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