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NRCS's conservation programs help people reduce soil erosion, enhance water supplies, improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat, and reduce damages caused by floods and other natural disasters. Public benefits include enhanced natural resources that help sustain agricultural productivity and environmental quality while supporting continued economic development, recreation, and scenic beauty.

NRCS provides funding opportunities for agricultural producers and other landowners through these programs. Participation in our conservation programs is voluntary. NRCS accepts requests for technical assistance and applications for financial assistance throughout the year. Review the following information or visit your local NRCS service center to help determine which programs are right for you.

NRCS Financial Assistance Programs:

The Agriculture Management Assistance (AMA) program offers conservation payments to targeted beginning and limited resource farmers, small farms, and producers who have had limited participation in other USDA financial assistance programs.

Soil conservationist and land owner assess resource needs at farm.

The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) rewards agricultural producers who have already adopted conservation strategies on their farms.

 Conservation Stewardship Enhancement in Action

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) offers conservation practices for agricultural producers with existing resource concerns to install permanent measures, adopt new management strategies, or develop activity plans for a wide range of resource concerns. Several targeted initiatives exist within the EQIP program include the Organic Initiative, Soil Health Initiative, Energy Initiative, and more.

 NRCS discussing conservation options