Working with the NRCS
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The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is a Department within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). NRCS and Conservation Districts share a history and mission of assisting land owners with implementing conservation practices on their land.
The NRCS Farm Bill programs are the primary way in which both technical assistance and funding are provided to landowners (in particular producers). The Washtenaw County Conservation District (WCCD) is able to assist producers with accessing technical assistance and funding applications.
Technical Assistance Available:
Conservation Planning: A conservation plan is a road map of resource concerns on your farm as well as a plan for strategies to address those concerns. All financial assistance through NRCS requires a completed conservation plan before submitting an application. Request a meeting with Washtenaw staff to begin your conservation plan here.
Financial Assistance Available:
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP): The EQIP program is intended to help producers access cost-share assistance in order to implement conservation practices on the land. Based on the producer's completed conservation plan, the EQIP application will be based on the producer's specific goals and resource concerns. Over 200 practices are considered part of EQIP and include everything from cover crops and seasonal high tunnels to erecting livestock fencing. Already have a conservation plan? Request a meeting with Washtenaw staff to begin your EQIP application here.
Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP): The CSP program is designed for producers that have already implemented conservation practices on the land and want to extend their efforts further. The CSP program utilizes your completed conservation plant to cost-share enhancements (or practices) that meet your land and management goals. CSP contracts are typically longer than EQIP. Request a meeting with Washtenaw staff to begin your CSP application here.