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Utah NRCS and its Partnering Agencies administer a broad range of conservation programs to assist farmers, ranchers, and other landowners in conserving natural resources.

These programs provide incentives such as technical and cost-sharing assistance to install conservation practices. If you own or manage farm, range, or forest land, then the 2014 Farm Bill or Agricultural Act of 2014 conservation programs can help you address natural resource concerns and opportunities on your land.

Participation in all conservation programs is voluntary. Participant requirements and eligibility vary by program. The charts below do not contain all the NRCS programs in its entirety. Visit your local USDA - NRCS Service Center to help determine which programs may be right for you.

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NRCS Farm Bill Programs


Financial Assistance Programs Description Who Should Apply
Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Provides financial assistance to reduce the economic risk of adopting new conservation measures that address water management, water quality, and erosion control. Agricultural producers with priority for limited resource, beginning, or full-time farmers.
Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Rewards farmers and ranchers who address natural resource concerns in a comprehensive manner and offers compensation for undertaking additional enhancements. Agricultural producers who have already adopted conservation strategies on their farm.
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Financial assistance to install permanent measures, adopt new management strategies, or develop activity plans for a wide range of natural resource concerns. Agricultural producers who want to plan and install measures to protect the soil, water, air, and other natural resources on their working land.



Easement Programs Description Who Should Apply

Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP)

Provides financial and technical assistance to help conserve agricultural lands and wetlands and their related benefits Any group or individual interested in conserving natural resources and sustaining agricultural production.



Partnerships Description Who Should Apply

Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP)

RCPP encourages partners to join in efforts with producers to increase the restoration and sustainable use of soil, water, wildlife and related natural resources on regional or watershed scales. Producers and Landowners




Additional NRCS Programs Description
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) – USDA Farm Service Agency Financial assistance to establish long-term, resource conservation. Emphasis on reducing water runoff and sedimentation to protect groundwater and improve the condition of lakes, rivers, ponds, and streams.
Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA) Natural resources conservation planning services to private and public individuals, groups, and entities.
Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) Helps groups of people with imminent hazards to life and property caused by natural disasters. NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to preserve life and property threatened by excessive erosion and flooding.
Small Watershed Program Technical and financial assistance to help communities protect, improve, and develop water and land resources.
Snow Survey Provides mountain snowpack data and streamflow forecasts for the western United States. Common applications of snow survey data include water supply management, flood control, climate modeling, recreation, and conservation planning.
Soil Survey Soils information available to the public. NRCS studies and inventories the soil resources of the Nation, since understanding the nature and properties of soils is critical to managing and conserving other natural resources.
Tribal Government Assistance - NRCS National Website NRCS provides conservation programs and technical assistance to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Tribal governments. NRCS enters into cooperative and contribution agreements with tribal organizations that can help NRCS improve working relationships with Indian tribes and works closely with other USDA agencies to promote a seamless delivery system to conservation programs.

If you are interested in participating in any of the above programs, please contact your local USDA-NRCS Service Center.