USDA Farm Bill


Please stop into your local Conservation District/NRCS office to find out more about USDA Farm Bill Programs and application deadlines.

SAFE - State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement Program: NEW PROGRAM!

  • Creates wildlife habitat through planting a mix of short grass prairie, tall grass prairie and oak plantings.
  • Provides 50% cost-share and 40% incentive payments = 90%
  • Enrollment begins July 1st, 2008.
  • Land must have a cropping history (4 out of the 6 years from 1996-2001)
  • Acerage minimum - 30 acres block of land or 10 acres for a corridor that is a minimum of 200 ft wide.
  • Soil Rental Rate Payment

  • Listed below are other US Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) programs:

CRP - Conservation Reserve Program:
The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) reduces soil erosion, protects the Nation's ability to produce food and fiber, reduces sedimentation in streams and lakes, improves water quality, establishes wildlife habitat, and enhances forest and wetland resources. It encourages farmers to convert highly erodible cropland or other environmentally sensitive acreage to vegetative cover, such as tame or native grasses, wildlife plantings, trees, filter strips, or riparian buffers. Farmers receive an annual rental payment for the term of the multi-year contract. Cost sharing is provided to establish the vegetative cover practices.

EQIP - Environmental Quality Incentives Program:
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides technical, educational, and financial assistance to eligible farmers and ranchers to address soil, water, and related natural resource concerns on their lands in an environmentally beneficial and cost-effective manner. The program provides assistance to farmers and ranchers in complying with Federal, State, and tribal environmental laws, and encourages environmental enhancement. The purposes of the program are achieved through the implementation of a conservation plan which includes structural, vegetative, and land management practices on eligible land. One to ten-year contracts are made with eligible producers. Cost-share payments may be made to implement one or more eligible structural or vegetative practices, such as animal waste management facilities, terraces, filter strips, tree planting, and permanent wildlife habitat. Incentive payments can be made to implement one or more land management practices, such as nutrient management, pest management, and grazing land management.

GRP - Grassland Reserve Program:
The Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) is a voluntary program provided through NRCS and the Farm Service Agency (FSA) to help protect valuable grasslands threatened by development or from conversion to more intense cropping. The GRP is the first USDA program to help landowners with long-term protection of open grasslands. GRP allows grazing according to a prescribed grazing plan and limited haying. Well-managed grasslands can result in cleaner, healthier streams, and reduced sediment loads to water bodies. These lands provide livestock forage as well as provide forage and habitat for wildlife. They also add to the beauty of the landscape, provide scenic vistas and open space, provide for recreational activities and protect the soil from water and wind erosion.

WHIP - Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program:
The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) provides financial incentives to develop habitat for fish and wildlife on private lands. Participants agree to implement a wildlife habitat development plan and USDA agrees to provide cost-share assistance for the initial implementation of wildlife habitat development practices. USDA and program participants enter into a cost-share agreement for wildlife habitat development. This agreement generally lasts a minimum of 10 years from the date that the contract is signed.

  • provides up to 75% costshare for approved practices
  • No minimum acreage
  • No Soil Rental Rate
  • Applications are being processed on a contintual basis

WRP - Wetlands Reserve Program:
The Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) is a voluntary program offering landowners the opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands on their property. NRCS provides technical and financial support to help landowners with their wetland restoration efforts. The NRCS goal is to achieve the greatest wetland functions and values, along with optimum wildlife habitat, on every acre enrolled in the program. This program offers landowners an opportunity to establish long-term conservation and wildlife practices and protection beyond that which can be obtained through any other USDA program.

For more information on these programs, please click the program title, or visit one of the following sites:

Natural Resources Conservation Service

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