Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

The Clinton Conservation District staff work hand in hand with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to assist landowners in applying for and implementing conservation projects using Farm Bill cost share dollars.

Farm Bill programs are voluntary; they provide opportunities for both land owners and operators. Conservation technical Assistance is offered year-round and is free of charge. Financial Assistance programs are also offered, and applications are accepted throughout the year. With help of local NRCS staff and local conservation district, applications are submitted, ranked, pooled, and selected for funding. All of our programs are voluntary and we are happy to talk through any questions and concerns you may have.

The Farm Bill Programs offered:

1. Environmental Quality Incentive Program, EQIP provides technical, educational, and financial assistance to eligible farmers and landowners to address soil, water, and related natural resource concerns on their lands in an environmentally beneficial and cost-effective manner. Cost-share is available for applicants who were selected for funding. For more info, click here.
2. Conservation Stewardship Program, CSP is a voluntary conservation program and has a unique role among USDA programs. It identifies and rewards those farmers and ranchers who meet the highest standards of conservation and environmental management on their operations sign-up. For more information, click here.
3. Wetland Reserve Program, WRP is a voluntary program offering landowners the opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands on their property. For more information, click here.
4. 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. For more information, click here

Filling out an application is easy, click here to see how to take the first steps on getting financial assistance.

For more information about our programs, special funding, or filling out an application, contact our office by phone or stop in and chat with staff who are happy to assist you. We offer free, no pressure site visits to determine what resource concerns your operation may have and options for solutions.

The Farming and Food workshop was held on February 28th.

The Maple River Watershed was designated a targeted area for cost share funding. Special federal and local dollars have been allocated for local producers to use to install certain conservation practices and management strategies.