2014 Farm Bill Programs-Partnerships

The 2014 Farm Bill recognizes the potential of partnerships to drive successful private land conservation efforts. The 2014 Farm Bill’s partnership programs leverage federal Farm Bill dollars with funding from a broad range of partners to maximize the effectiveness of conservation efforts.

Regional Conservation Partnership Program

The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) is administered by NRCS, but delivers assistance through project-specific partnerships designed around RCPP’s four covered programs (EQIP, CSP, ACEP and HFRP). The program is authorized to receive $100 million per year in addition to 7 percent of the covered programs’ funding. Over the five years that the Farm Bill is authorized, this is anticipated to be about $1.2 billion in federal funding for RCPP. While there is no specific match requirement, partners are expected to make a “significant contribution” to the overall cost of the project. USDA anticipates that their investment will be doubled to a total of $2.4 billion through matching funds. For more information, click here to visit the NRCS webpage on RCPP.

Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program

The 2014 Farm Bill continues the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP) that helps states fund recreational access and habitat improvement programs. Total funding for VPA-HIP under the 2014 Farm Bill is authorized at $40 million. States and Indian tribes may apply to use VPA-HIP grant funding to expand or create public access programs or provide incentives to improve habitat on land enrolled in their public access programs. These incentives may include providing rental payments or technical and conservation services to landowners who allow the public to hunt, fish, or participate in other compatible wildlife-dependent recreation on their land. For more information, click here to visit the NRCS webpage on VPA-HIP.