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Financial Assistance

NRCS offers voluntary programs to eligible landowners and agricultural producers to provide financial and technical assistance to help manage natural resources in a sustainable manner.  Through these programs the agency approves contracts to provide financial assistance to help plan and implement conservation practices that address natural resource concerns or opportunities to help save energy, improve soil, water, plant, air, animal and related resources on agricultural lands and non-industrial private forest land.

Financial Assistance Programs

  • Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) - helps owners and operators of agricultural lands maintain conservation stewardship and implement and maintain additional needed conservation practices. The conservation benefits gained will keep farms and ranches more sustainable and profitable and increase the benefits provided to all Americans through improved natural resources.

  • Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) - intended to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection, in conjunction with agricultural production.

  • Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) - provides technical and financial help to farm and forest landowners for conservation practices that protect soil and water quality. Grassed waterways, stream fencing, critical area planting, terraces, manure management systems including storage structures and barnyard runoff protection, and many other conservation practices are eligible for EQIP.

  • Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) - EWP is intended to take emergency measures to safeguard lives and property after a natural occurrence has caused a sudden impairment of the watershed. Through EWP, NRCS may purchase easements on any floodplain lands that have a history of repeated flooding.