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PA Farmers Encouraged to Apply for Conservation Assistance for Land Management in Selected Chesapeake Bay Watersheds

Susan Marquart

Pennsylvania agricultural producers and landowners are encouraged to apply for technical and financial assistance to improve and enhance natural resources on their farm through the development and implementation of comprehensive nutrient management plans on livestock operations to reduce nutrient and sediments loss to surface waters. Funding is available through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), administered by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

The Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership RCPP project sponsored by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay has funding available for Land Management activities in multiple priority watersheds in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed in Pennsylvania within multiple counties. At this time applications are being taken in priority watersheds in the following counties in Pennsylvania: Lycoming, Northumberland, Union, Snyder, Blair, Bedford, Franklin, Cumberland, Lancaster, Dauphin, Lebanon, Berks, York, and Chester.

Please visit the NRCS website here to see the map of counties with project watersheds and the list of 12-digit hydrological codes for the specific project areas.

NRCS accepts applications year-round but makes funding selections at application cut-off deadlines. Since this was a new project in 2021, producers with applications submitted by January 31, 2022 will meet the first cut-off and have a higher chance of receiving funding. Applications received after that date will be accepted and considered for funding in additional ranking review cycles if funds remain. The next cut-off will be February 28, 2022.

NRCS conservationists will work with producers to develop a conservation plan on their land to identify concerns and opportunities, help determine objectives, and recommend solutions. “Our high-quality, comprehensive conservation plans can provide farmers with step-by-step recommendations they can use to improve their water quality, soil health and more -- all while reducing input costs,” said Denise Coleman, Pennsylvania NRCS State Conservationist.

Interested producers should visit their local USDA NRCS service center (found at for sign-up information.

To participate in USDA conservation programs, applicants should be farmers or farm or forest landowners and must meet eligibility criteria. To take advantage of NRCS technical assistance and expertise or federally funded conservation on your farm or land, please contact your local USDA NRCS Field Office (found at, and visit our website at for program information.