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Conservation Programs - Vermont NRCS

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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.
  • Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI) Enables the use of certain conservation programs with resources of eligible partners to provide financial and technical assistance to owners and operators of agricultural and nonindustrial forestlands.
  • 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.
    • EQIP Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative is a program available 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.
  • Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) Provides both technical assistance and financial assistance to establish and improve fish and wildlife habitat.
  • WHIP Forestry Initiative Expands stewardship opportunities within WHIP for private forest lands (lands with existing tree cover or that is suitable for growing trees) through forest land planning.

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

Community Assistance Programs and Activities


Applications for all conservation programs are accepted year round, on a continuous basis.

Prior Year Contract and Implementation Information

The following documents require Acrobat Reader
  Map of Active Contracts and Practices to be Installed, by County (PDF; 228 KB)
  Map of 2006 AMA, EQIP, and WHIP Contracts Funded, by County (PDF; 163 KB)
  Map of 2006 AMA Contracts Funded, by County (PDF; 178 KB)
  Map of 2006 EQIP Contracts Funded, by County (PDF; 180 KB)
  Map of 2006 WHIP Contracts Funded, by County (PDF; 180 KB)
  Map of 2007 Program Contracts Funded, By County (PDF; 152 KB)
  Map of 2007 EQIP Contracts Funded, By County (PDF; 71.2 KB)
  Map of 2007 WHIP Contracts Funded, By County (PDF; 188 KB)
  Map of NRCS Farm Bill Program Workload for 2008 (PDF; 100 KB)
  Map of 2008 EQIP Contracts Funded, By County (PDF; 110 KB)
  Map of 2008 AMA Contracts Funded, By County (PDF; 84KB)
  Map of Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans (CNMPs) Applied in 2008, By County (PDF; 85 KB)
  Map of Acres Addressed in 2008 that Improved Water Quality, By County (PDF; 93KB)

For local information or to apply, contact your local field office.  VT NRCS Office Locations and Contact Information

Electronic application filing is available through the Electronic Government website.

Conservation Program Information (National NRCS Website)


The USDA Customer Statement is now available!

The USDA Customer Statement is a new online service for customers which combines a wide range of information about their USDA services and program activity in a single report. To learn more about the Customer Statement, click on the links below.
 First Time Users Guide for Customers
 USDA Customer Statement
 USDA Customer Statement Demonstration

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