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The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) promotes coordination between NRCS and its partners to deliver conservation assistance to producers and landowners. NRCS provides assistance to producers through partnership agreements and through program contracts or easement agreements.

RCPP combines the authorities of four former conservation programs – the Agricultural Water Enhancement Program, the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Program, the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative and the Great Lakes Basin Program. Assistance is delivered in accordance with the rules of EQIP, CSP, ACEP and HFRP; and in certain areas the Watershed Operations and Flood Prevention Program.


RCPP encourages partners to join in efforts with producers to increase the restoration and sustainable use of soil, water, wildlife and related natural resources on regional or watershed scales.

Through RCPP, NRCS and its partners help producers install and maintain conservation activities in selected project areas.  Partners leverage RCPP funding in project areas and report on the benefits achieved.  The Secretary of Agriculture may also designate up to eight critical conservation areas to focus RCPP assistance.


Funding for RCPP is allocated to projects in three different categories.

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Critical Conservation Areas

For projects in eight geographic areas chosen by Secretary. These receive 35 percent of funding. Learn more.


For nationwide and multistate projects. These receive 40 percent of funding. Learn more.


For projects in a single state. These receive 25 percent of funding. Learn more.

Conservation program contracts and easement agreements are implemented through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) or the Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP). NRCS may also utilize the authorities under the Watershed and Flood Prevention Program, other than the Watershed Rehabilitation Program, in the designated critical conservation areas.


Eligible Partners - Agricultural or silvicultural producer associations, farmer cooperatives or other groups of producers, state or local governments, American Indian tribes, municipal water treatment entities, water and irrigation districts, conservation-driven nongovernmental organizations and institutions of higher education.

Eligible Participants - Under RCPP, eligible producers and landowners of agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland may enter into conservation program contracts or easement agreements under the framework of a partnership agreement.  RCPP assistance is also available independent of a partner if the land is located either in a partner project area or in a critical conservation area designated by the Secretary. 

Missouri Priorities

  1. Water Quality
  2. Soil Health
  3. At Risk/Declining Species
  4. Water Quantity
  5. Forest Health

How to Apply

NRCS will release an announcement for program funding, that will outline requirements for proposal submissions for funding. NRCS will review partnership proposals according to the priorities identified in the announcement and make project selections. Upon selection of a partnership proposal, NRCS and the partner will enter into a partnership agreement through which they will coordinate to provide producers in the project area assistance. Partnership agreements may be for a period of up to five years. NRCS may extend an agreement one time for an additional 12 months if needed to meet the objectives of the program.

Producers may apply for RCPP assistance in several ways:
  1. At the producer's request, a partner may submit the application for participation in a selected project area
  2. Directly at their local USDA Service Center in a selected project area

Partnership Agreements

The partnership agreement defines the scope of the project, including:

  1. Eligible activities to be implemented
  2. Potential agricultural or nonindustrial private forest operation affected
  3. Local, state, multi-state or other geographic area covered
  4. Planning, outreach, implementation, and assessment to be conducted. Partners are responsible for contributing to the cost of the project, conducting outreach and education to eligible producers for potential participation in the project and for conducting an assessment of the project’s effects. In addition, partners may act on behalf of the eligible landowner or producer in applying for assistance and for leveraging financial or technical assistance provided by NRCS with additional funds to help achieve the project objectives.

Before closing the agreement the partner must provide an assessment of the project costs and conservation effects.

Missouri 2018 RCPP Projects

The application cutoff date for the following RCPP projects is November 17, 2017.

Project Name

Fund Pool

Main Project Sponsor

Counties Included in Project

Additional Documents
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Regional Grassland Bird and Grazing Lands Enhancement Initiative

Project Map


Missouri Department of Conservation

Adair, Andrew, Atchison, Barton, Bates, Benton, Caldwell, Carroll, Cass, Cedar, Christian, Dade, Daviess, DeKalb, Douglas, Franklin, Gasconade, Gentry, Greene, Gundy, Harrison, Henry, Holt, Howell, Jasper, Johnson, Lawrence, Livingston, Mercer, Montgomery, Nodaway, Ozark, Pettis, St.Clair, Sullivan, Texas, Vernon, Warren, Worth, Wright

Regional Grassland Bird and Grazing Lands Enhancement Initiative Program Policy 

Regional Grassland Bird and Grazing Lands Enhancement Initiative Ranking Questions

Targeted Watershed Conservation Project

CCA-Mississippi River Basin

Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Watersheds:  Lower Missouri-Moreau (10300102), Lower Gassconade (10290203), South Fork Salt (7110006), Upper Gasconade (10290201), Lower Missouri (10300200), North Fork White (11010006), Eleven Point (11010011), Current (11010008), Cuivre (7110008)

Counties:  Audrain, Boone, Butler, Callaway, Carter, Cole, Cooper, Dent, Douglas, Franklin, Gasconade, Howard, Howell, Laclede, Lincoln, Macon, Maries, Miller, Moniteau, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Phelps, Pike, Pulaski, Ralls, Randolph, Reynolds, Ripley, Saline, Shannon, Shelby, St. Charles, St. Louis, St. Louis City, Texas, Warren, Webster, Wright


Targeted Watershed ConservationProject Policy

Targeted Watershed Conservation Ranking Questions

Restoring Glades and Woodland Communities for Threatened Species in the Ozarks of Southeast Missouri

Project Map

CCA-Mississippi River Basin

Missouri Department of Conservation

Glades and Woodlands (Carter, Iron, Madison, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, Ste. Genevieve, St. Francois, Wayne)


Perry County Karst (Perry)

Glades and Woodlands Program Policy

Glades and Woodlands Ranking Questions

NW Missouri Urban and Rural Farmers United for Conservation 

Project Map


Jackson County Soil and Water Conservation District

Jackson, Clay

NW MO Urban/Rural Farmers Program Policy 

NW MO Urban/Rural Farmers Ranking Questions

Cover Crops for Soil Health and Water Quality


Missouri Department of Agriculture

All Missouri Counties

MDA Cover Crops Program Policy 

MDA Cover Crops Ranking Questions

Improving Working Lands for Monarch Butterflies National National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Andrew, Atchison, Benton, Buchanan, Caldwell, Carroll, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Henry, Holt, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, Pettis, Platte, Ray, Saline, Worth

Improving Working Lands Monarch Butterflies Program Policy

Improving Working Lands for Monarch Butterflies Ranking Questions

Northwest Missouri Partnership for Water Quality State Holt County Soil and Water Conservation District Atchison and Holt

NW MO Partnership for Water Quality Program Policy

NW MO Partnership for Water Quality Ranking Questions

Conservation Ranching Program State Missouri Department of Conservation Barry, Barton, Bates, Benton, Camden, Cedar, Christian, Clinton, Crawford, Dade, Dallas, Dent, Douglas, Greene, Henry, Hickory, Howell, Jasper, Laclede, Lawrence, Lincoln, McDonald, Miller, Morgan, Ozark, Phelps, Polk, Pulaski, St. Clair, Stone, Taney, Texas, Vernon, Webster, Wright

Conservation Ranching Program Policy

Conservation Ranching Program Ranking Questions

Mid-South Graduated Water Stewardship National USA Rice Bollinger, Butler, Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Ripley, Scott, Stoddard

Mid-South Graduated Water Stewardship Program Policy

Mid-South Graduated Water Stewardship Ranking Questions



































Missouri RCPP Program Contacts

Curt McDaniel, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs
USDA NRCS State Office
Parkade Center, Suite 250
601 Business Loop, 70 West
Columbia, MO 65203
Phone: 573-876-9363

Lauren A. Cartwright, EQIP Program Coordinator
USDA NRCS State Office
Parkade Center, Suite 250
601 Business Loop, 70 West
Columbia, MO 65203
Phone: 573-876-9415