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Financial Assistance Programs

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) - Voluntary financial and technical assistance for structural and management conservation practices on working agricultural lands.

EQIP Organic Initiative - Special EQIP funding is available to organic growers that are certified organic, transitioning organic or those who make under $5,000 of gross organic product farm sales.

EQIP Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative – A Program available to agricultural producers, designed to strengthen local and regional food markets and increase the use of sustainable conservation practices that will improve plant and soil quality, reduce nutrient and pesticide transport and reduce energy inputs. --

EQIP Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) - A program under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) through which NRCS may enter into partnership agreements with eligible entities to conserve ground and surface water and/or improve water quality in a priority area or region.

EQIP Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI) - A program that utilizes the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) through which NRCS may enter into partnership agreements with eligible entities to address resource concerns in a priority area.

EQIP Water Quality Initiative (WQI) - A program under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) through which NRCS will assist producers to improve water quality on their farm or ranch in a priority watersheds. --

Sage-Grouse Initiative - Focuses on making measurable and significant progress toward treating a specific threat to sage-grouse on private lands through strategic use of conservation programs.

Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) - Voluntary technical and financial assistance to non-federal landowners and tribes to create, restore, and enhance fish and wildlife habitats.

Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) - A new partnership between NRCS and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to use agency technical expertise combined with $33 million in financial assistance from the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program to combat the decline of seven specific wildlife species whose decline can be reversed and will benefit other species with similar habitat needs.

Grant Programs

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) - Grants to promote and demonstrate new technologies and approaches that can assist agricultural producers address natural resource issues.

Stewardship Programs

Conservation Stewardship Program (CStP) (2008 Farm Bill)- Voluntary program that encourages producers to address resource concerns in a comprehensive manner by undertaking additional conservation activities and improving, maintaining, and managing existing conservation activities.

Easement Programs

Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) - A program that allows productive farm and ranch lands to remain in agricultural production under private ownership.

Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) - A program offering landowners the opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance grasslands.

Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP) - A program to help landowners manage their land for sustainable, profitable timber harvests while securing long-term protection from regulatory restrictions.

Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) - A voluntary land easement program to help people restore, enhance, and protect wetlands.



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