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Farm Bill Factsheet

NRCS works with partners to set aside a certain pool of funding for an awarded project. Producers, landowners, and partners then enter into producer contracts and supplemental agreements with NRCS to carry out agreed-to conservation activities.

What’s New in the 2018 Farm Bill

RCPP is now a standalone program with its own funding˗̶ $300 million annually. NRCS may award up to 15 Alternative Funding Arrangement projects, which are more grant-like and rely more on partner capacity to implement conservation activities. RCPP now has two funding pools˗̶ Critical Conservation Areas and a State/ Multistate pool. RCPP partners must develop and report on environmental outcomes.

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service offers voluntary Farm Bill programs that benefit both agricultural producers and the environment.