USDA Farm Bill Conservation Programs Overview
The following are links to summaries of 2014 Farm Bill Programs for conservation. These are just some of the available Farm Bill funding sources relevant to IWJV partners.
The following working lands programs provide cost-sharing and financial assistance options for landowners to improve habitat, reduce erosion and runoff, and address other resource concerns on their lands that are in active crop production, grazing, and forestry. Targeted at increasing the sustainability of working lands, these programs can help landowners improve their bottom line while also increasing the conservation benefits on their property.
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
- Continuous CRP (CCRP) Sign-up
- Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)
- State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE)
A conservation easement is a voluntary agreement that restricts development and uses of a landowner’s property in order to protect certain functions and resource values. Voluntary easements are important for preserving agricultural landscapes, helping producers keep their working lands working, and for protecting vulnerable wetland habitats.
Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP)
Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP)
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.
- Through a new paradigm of “Conservation Beyond Boundaries,” NRCS now implements special initiatives at large scales and across jurisdictional boundaries. Read more about these initiatives.
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