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Advanced Precision Ag for Sustainable Conservation RCPP Agreement

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About the RCPP Project

The Cumberland River basin in Tennessee and Kentucky spans nearly 18,000 square miles and is home to nearly 2.5 million people.  This project will occur in the Red River and Lower Cumberland watersheds, two of the 14 watersheds in Tennessee and Kentucky that make up the Cumberland River Watershed.  Both surface water and groundwater impairments are a concern with nutrients, bacteria, and sediment being the primary issues.  This project consists of many partners with the lead partner being Nutrien Ltd. 

Nutrien is one of the largest fertilizer companies in the world and is committed to “growing the world from the ground up”.   The partner’s goal for this project is to advance the implementation of on-farm precision ag practices to help ensure the sustainability, resilience, and continued productivity of the area’s working lands while simultaneously improving the producer’s bottom line. 

The partners will work with the producers to improve water quality by maximizing fertilizer uptake, preventing sediment and nutrient losses, using science-based precision agricultural practices, and implementing high nutrient reducing structural practices. 

Precision agriculture is one of the few remaining win-wins for agriculture and the environment and this project aims to demonstrate how to make conservation gains sustainable.  The precision practices offered will be enduring because they result in an economic benefit to the producer.  They work regardless of the price of commodities. 

The partners assembled for this RCPP project are some of the most advanced, cutting edge companies in the United States.  Their involvement ensures that both producers and NRCS staff will have access to the most up-to-date technologies available today.  A goal of this project is to work with NRCS to improve and update practice standards and enhancements, so they work better for producers and achieve higher results for the environment.  

Kentucky will receive nearly $2 Million to install conservation practices within the Red River Watershed through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), and a little over $1 Million to install conservation enhancements through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).  

Project Location Counties

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Download map of Kentucky and Tennessee Advanced Precision Ag RCPP locations (PDF, 190KB)

How to Apply and Application Batching Period Dates

Interested applicants in Kentucky can submit an RCPP application (PDF, 329 KB) for EQIP or CSP at NRCS Field Offices within the project area shown above. Interested applicants within the Tennessee project area should contact their local NRCS office for batching period dates as they may differ from those in Kentucky.

Fiscal Year 2021 Application Batching Periods: November 20, 2020 and May 21, 2021

CSP Cut-off Date:  Coming Soon

Cost estimates for approved applications will be generated using the FY 2021 RCPP-EQIP Payment Schedule (PDF) and the FY 2019 RCPP-CSP Payment Schedule (PDF).