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Over $1,000,000 Available in Financial and Technical Assistance for Farmers and Forest Landowners-July 6, 2018 Deadline

NRCS RI Announces New Sign Up for Conservation Assistance in FY 2018

Third Round Deadline: July 6, 2018

Do you own or manage farmland or forest land in Rhode Island?

Over $1,000,000 Available in Financial and Technical Assistance Available for Farmers and Forest Landowners!

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Warwick, RI – May 29, 2018 - The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) encourages farmers and forestland owners to sign up for conservation assistance and funding. The funding is available for agricultural and forest land owners and managers in Rhode Island under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)and Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Applications will be batched and evaluated on July 6, 2018. Applications for Activity Plans, such as Forest Management Plans or Grazing Management Plans, will be batched and evaluated the third Friday of each month until funds are expended. Funding opportunities across all programs include the Oyster Reef Restoration Initiative, National Water Quality Initiative, National On-Farm Energy Initiative, National Organic Initiative, New England Cottontail and Turtle Habitat Wildlife Initiatives.Partnership Program opportunities include Forest Bird Initiatives, the Soil Health Initiative, Stream Habitat Initiative, as well as Farm and Forest Conservation Planning Initiatives.

NRCS accepts applications on a continuous basis throughout the year, however applications are batched and considered for funding as they are received. Apply now for technical and financial assistance in Fiscal Year 2018. The third batching period closes July 6, 2018.

NRCS assistance is available to support private land owners and managers in addressing farm, field, forest, wildlife, water, and/or plant management issues including:

  • Erosion Control
  • Irrigation Systems
  • Fencing Grazing Systems
  • Farm and Forestry Conservation Plans
  • Forest Stand Improvement
  • Grazing Plans
  • Pasture and Hayland Planting
  • Pollinator Habitat
  • Protection of Heavy Use Areas for Livestock
  • Riparian Buffers
  • Seasonal High Tunnels
  • Waste Storage Facilities
  • Restoration and Management of Declining Habitat (Oyster Reef Restoration)
  • Wildlife Habitat Management and Development
  • Soil Health Management Plans

For more information, contact your local Conservation District or RI NRCS.

Eastern RI Conservation District

Serving Newport and Bristol Counties

Phone: (401) 934-0842

Northern RI Conservation District

Serving Providence County

Phone: (401) 934-0840

Southern RI Conservation District

Serving Kent and Washington Counties

Phone: (401) 500-0422

Natural Resources Conservation Service

60 Quaker Lane Suite 46

Warwick, RI 02886

Web site:


Phone: (401) 822-8848