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.

Working Lands

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)

Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)

Easements

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)

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.

Special Initiatives

  • 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.

Farm Bill Updates By State

2014 Farm Bill Field Guide to Fish and Wildlife Conservation

The IWJV and a team of partners representing the North American Bird Conservation Initiative's Private and Working Lands Subcommittee released the 2014 Farm Bill Field Guide to Fish and Wildlife Conservation. This field guide is a tool to assist the staff of federal and state fish and wildlife agencies, nongovernmental conservation organizations, joint ventures, and other conservation partners in implementing Farm Bill conservation programs. It is primarily designed for those who work collaboratively with private landowners and agricultural producers to improve soil health, water quality, as well as fish and wildlife habitat. Click here for more information.