USDA NRCS Announces April 19, 2019 as the application deadline for agricultural producers to participate in the Regional Conservation Partnership Program
Saint Paul, Minn. Jan 17–USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service announces April 19, 2019 as the application cutoff for Environmental Quality Incentive Program applications falling under the Regional Conservation Partnership Program.The RCPP improves the nation's water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability. Minnesota producers and landowners are fortunate to have nine different RCPP projects in which they can participate. Applicants for RCPP must qualify for NRCS’s EQIP.
The NRCS accepts applications continuously and ranks applications in batches. Each RCPP has a geographical boundary in which land must fall to be eligible. For a map of the RCPP boundaries visit your local NRCS office or look online at the Minnesota NRCS RCPP page. The RCPP projects and the lead partners in Minnesota are:
RCPP Project Name
ABC: Improving Forest Health for Wildlife Resources in MN, WI, MI
American Bird Conservancy
Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Lower Mississippi River Feedlot Management in MN
Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources
Improving Working Lands for Monarch butterflies
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Driftless Area-Habitat for the Wild and Rare Phase I
Camp Ripley Sentinel Landscape
Morrison Soil and Water Conservation District
Prairie Pothole Working Lands Partnership
Ducks Unlimited, Inc
One Watershed One Plan
Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
Driftless Area-Habitat for the Wild and Rare Phase II
“Across Minnesota, locally-driven efforts lead conservation and production,” said Troy Daniell, NRCS state conservationist in Minnesota. “RCPP serves as a valuable program for matching federal investment and private capital to improve natural resource conservation and support local agricultural production. I encourage qualifying producers within RCPP boundaries to apply.”
The RCPP leverages local leadership to establish partnerships to work with farmers, ranchers and forest landowners on landscape- and watershed-scale conservation solutions that work best for their region.
For more information on applying, visit your local USDA NRCS office or go to NRCS Minnesota’s RCPP webpage. NRCS is currently one of the federal agencies open during the partial government shutdown.
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