Steps for an Entity Applying for Conservation Programs with NRCS
Entity – any partnership, joint venture, corporation (limited liability or other), estate, trust, non-profit association or group, or unit of state or local government that uses an employee identification number (EIN) or social security number (SSN) to apply for conservation program assistance.
Applicant indicates interest in a conservation program by signing appropriate program Application form.
Applicant establishes a customer record in the Service Center Information Management System (SCIMS). This will require the applicant set up an appointment with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) to complete record and necessary applicant eligibility information.
Applicant completes forms* to determine eligibility for USDA programs:
AD-1026 Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification
CCC-902E Farm Operating Plan for Payment Eligibility Review
*The process of establishing applicant eligibility may take several weeks. Some forms may need to be updated annually. You must maintain eligibility status throughout the life of the conservation program contract in order to receive program benefits. These eligiblity forms can be accessed on-line for your convenience. Please visit our eForms site
Failure to provide the required information may cause your application to be considered “ineligible” for the program year.
If your application is not considered for funding in the year you apply, your application may be considered in future years based on funding and meeting the requirements outlined above.