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Conservation Programs - Vermont NRCS

Fiscal Year 2022 Vermont NRCS ranking dates are:

  • December 31, 2021 for EQIP, AMA, and RCPP 2014

  • February 11, 2022 for CSP, RCPP 2018, and ACEP

Conservation Technical Assistance Programs and Activities

  • Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA) Provides voluntary conservation technical assistance to land-users, communities, units of state and local government, and other Federal agencies in planning and implementing conservation systems.
  • Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Provides technical and financial assistance to eligible farmers and ranchers to address soil, water, and related natural resource concerns on their lands.

Environmental Improvement Programs

  • Agricultural Management Assistance Program (AMA) Provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to voluntarily address issues such as water management, water quality, and erosion control by incorporating conservation into their farming operations.
  • Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Offers financial and technical assistance to eligible participants for the installation or implementation of structural and management practices on eligible agricultural land
    • Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) in Vermont Stimulates the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies.
    • EQIP Organic Initiative Supports producers who need to install practices in order to transition and/or maintain organic certification.
    • High Tunnel System is a conservation practice available through EQIP to agricultural producers, designed to strengthen local and regional food markets and increase the use of sustainable conservation practices that will improve plant and soil quality, reduce nutrient and pesticide transport and reduce energy inputs.
    • EQIP On-Farm Energy Initiative assists producers to conserve energy on their farms through an Agriculture Energy Management Plan (AgEMP), also known as an on-farm energy audit and provide assistance to implement various recommended measures identified in an energy audit.
    • National Water Quality Initiative Focused on priority watersheds, offering financial and technical assistance to farmers and landowners interested in improving water quality.
  • Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) promotes coordination between Vermont NRCS and its partners to deliver conservation assistance to producers and landowners. NRCS provides assistance to producers through partnership agreements and through program contracts or easement agreements.”


Stewardship Programs

  • Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Encourage producers to address resource concerns in a comprehensive manner by undertaking additional activities and improving, maintaining and managing existing conservation activities.

Water Resources Programs

  • Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Provides emergency measures, including the purchase of flood plain easements, for runoff retardation and soil erosion prevention to safeguard lives and property from floods, drought, and the products of erosion on any watershed whenever fire, flood or any other natural occurrence is causing or has caused a sudden impairment of the watershed.

Easement Programs

  • Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP)  The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) provides financial and technical assistance to help conserve agricultural lands and wetlands and their related benefits.  Under the Agricultural Land Easements component, NRCS helps American Indian tribes, state and local governments and non-governmental organizations protect working agricultural lands and limit non-agricultural uses of the land.  Under the Wetlands Reserve Easements component, NRCS helps to restore, protect and enhance enrolled wetlands.
  • ACEP Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) Component of ACEP
  • ACEP Wetlands Reserve Easements (WRE) Component of ACEP

Community Assistance Programs and Activities


Applications for all conservation programs are accepted year round, on a continuous basis, but NRCS does establish ranking dates.

For local information or to apply, contact your local Vermont NRCS field office or visit FARMERS.GOV.

Conservation Program Information (National NRCS Website)


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