The United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), provides leadership to our District and administers programs to help people reduce soil erosion, protect the Nation's ability to produce food and fiber, reduce sedimentation in streams and lakes, improve water quality, establish wildlife habitat, and enhance forest and wetland resources. The programs listed below are part of past Farm Bills. New information will be added once the 2014 Farm Bill Programs are open for buisness!
Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
Targets livestock related natural resource problems.
Reserve Program (WRP)
Promotes restoring, creating or enhancing wetlands through conservation easements that improve migratory bird and wildlife habitat, improve water quality, and aid in flood control and ground water recharge.
Reserve Program (CRP)
Encourages farmers to convert highly erodible cropland or other environmentally sensitive acreage to vegetative cover, such as native or domesticated grasses, wildlife plantings, trees, filter strips, or riparian buffers. Farmers receive an annual rental payment for the term of the multi-year contract.
Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP)
Aimed at providing habitat for fish and wildlife on private lands.
Protection Program (FPP)
Provides funds to help purchase development rights in order to keep productive farmland in use. Works through existing local governments to acquire conservation easements.
Montgomery Soil and Water Conservation District
Helping People and Communities Care for Land and Water