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NRCS Announces New Funding Opportunity for PA Farmers, Forest Landowners in Designated Areas

Molly Hippensteel

Deadline for Initial Processing of Applications is December 21, 2018

NRCS is now seeking applications from agricultural producers in targeted areas in central and southeastern Pennsylvania for funding to help improve water quality, enhance soil health, and protect agricultural viability through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

Created by the 2014 Farm Bill, RCPP connects partners with producers and private landowners to design and implement voluntary conservation solutions that benefit natural resources, agriculture, and the economy. 

NRCS funding to producers and landowners is made available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Awarded funds will be dedicated to installing conservation practices in selected areas to accomplish the agricultural and natural resource goals of the project.

In addition to USDA financial assistance funds, partners will expand upon conservation efforts of the NRCS by contributing funds and in-kind services such as outreach and technical assistance.

For FY 2019, funding for EQIP contracts is available through the following projects. Applications are being accepted continuously until the next cutoff. Applications for initial funding consideration are due December 21, 2018.

Lead Partner

Project Name



Chester County Conservation District (CCCD)

CCCD Partnership for Chesapeake Bay Water Quality

The portion of Chester County within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed


Planning and implementation of conservation practices, continued operation and maintenance of conservation practices; focus on water quality and riparian buffers

PA Department of Agriculture

Implementing Conservation Practices and Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans on Pennsylvania Preserved Farms

Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Perry, and York Counties

Planning and implementation of conservation practices, with a focus on livestock manure management practices

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Soil Health: Improving Land, Water and Profitability

Centre, Clinton, and Lycoming Counties

Planning and implementation of conservation practices that promote soil health

Applicants should contact their local USDA NRCS Service Center (found at for additional information and application procedures.