This Targeted Implementation Plan (TIP) is available throughout the NRCS Great Falls Area in Montana. TIPs are local-level Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) initiatives used by NRCS in Montana to guide on-the-ground implementation of locally developed Long Range County Plans.
County or Counties: Blaine, Cascade, Chouteau, Pondera, Glacier, Toole, Hill, Phillips, Petroleum, Fergus, Judith Basin, Valley, and Liberty County will be included in FY 2026 only.
Primary Resource Concern: Soil organism habitat loss and degradation
Time Frame: Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 through FY 2026
This TIP will focus on dryland crop acres in the Great Falls Area. In addition to that focus, we will focus on 640 acres with each producer. The TIP will provide incentives for producers to implement conservation practices that implement the principles of soil health to improve primarily soil organism habitat loss and degradation.
Conservation Practices Offered
- 329 Residue and Tillage Management
- 328 Conservation Crop Rotation
- 809 Conservation Harvest Management
- 340 Cover Crop
- 216 Soil Health Testing
- 217 Standard Soil Test
Detailed descriptions of these conservation practices can be found in the Field Office Technical Guide, Section 4 - Practice Standards and Supporting Documents.
- Blaine County Conservation District
- Cascade Conservation District
- Chouteau County Conservation District
- Pondera County Conservation District
- Glacier County Conservation District
- Toole County Conservation District
- Hill County Conservation District
- Phillips Conservation District
- Petroleum County Conservation District
- Fergus County Conservation District
- Judith Basin Conservation District
- Valley Conservation District
- Montana Research Station in Moccasin
When to Apply
Program applications are accepted on a continual basis. However, NRCS establishes application ranking dates for evaluation, ranking and approval of eligible applications. Applications received after the ranking date will be automatically deferred to the next funding period. See Montana Programs and Application Dates.
Local Ranking Questions
NRCS uses these questions to evaluate eligible applications for this project and to prioritize applications for potential funding.
- Does the application include a multi-species cover crop on 75 percent of the acres?
- Does the applicant facilitate grazing on the multi-species cover crop?
- Will the applicant be implementing inter-cropping as part of the conservation crop rotation on at least half of the proposed acreage?
- Will changes to the residue management result in a planned STIR rating of less than 10.
Additional Montana Information
Targeted Implementation Plans (TIPs) are local-level Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) initiatives used by NRCS in Montana to guide on-the-ground implementation of locally developed Long Range County Plans. These plans are part of the "Focused Conservation” strategy to guide Montana's EQIP investments. Learn more about Montana Focused Conservation and Targeted Implementation Plans.
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Contact your local service center to start your application.
How to Get Assistance
Do you farm or ranch and want to make improvements to the land that you own or lease?
Natural Resources Conservation Service offers technical and financial assistance to help farmers, ranchers and forest landowners.
To get started with NRCS, we recommend you stop by your local NRCS field office. We’ll discuss your vision for your land.
NRCS provides landowners with free technical assistance, or advice, for their land. Common technical assistance includes: resource assessment, practice design and resource monitoring. Your conservation planner will help you determine if financial assistance is right for you.
We’ll walk you through the application process. To get started on applying for financial assistance, we’ll work with you:
- To fill out an AD 1026, which ensures a conservation plan is in place before lands with highly erodible soils are farmed. It also ensures that identified wetland areas are protected.
- To meet other eligibility certifications.
Once complete, we’ll work with you on the application, or CPA 1200.
Applications for most programs are accepted on a continuous basis, but they’re considered for funding in different ranking periods. Be sure to ask your local NRCS district conservationist about the deadline for the ranking period to ensure you turn in your application in time.
As part of the application process, we’ll check to see if you are eligible. To do this, you’ll need to bring:
- An official tax ID (Social Security number or an employer ID)
- A property deed or lease agreement to show you have control of the property; and
- A farm number.
If you don’t have a farm number, you can get one from USDA’s Farm Service Agency. Typically, the local FSA office is located in the same building as the local NRCS office. You only need a farm number if you’re interested in financial assistance.
NRCS will take a look at the applications and rank them according to local resource concerns, the amount of conservation benefits the work will provide and the needs of applicants. View Application Ranking Dates by State.
If you’re selected, you can choose whether to sign the contract for the work to be done.
Once you sign the contract, you’ll be provided standards and specifications for completing the practice or practices, and then you will have a specified amount of time to implement. Once the work is implemented and inspected, you’ll be paid the rate of compensation for the work if it meets NRCS standards and specifications.