DES MOINES, Iowa (NRCS) — Iowa farmers and private landowners interested in treating resource concerns on their lands have until Oct. 7 to be considered for priority funding for conservation programs administered through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
Four of the most popular USDA conservation programs are included in this signup period:
- Agricultural Conservation Easement Program-Wetland Reserve Easements (ACEP-WRE)
- Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
- Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
- Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP)
IAWA and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship co-lead two RCPP projects called the Iowa Systems Approach to Conservation Drainage and the Midwest Agriculture Water Quality Partnership. We encourage you to apply!
NRCS accepts program applications on a continuous basis but sets application cutoff dates as program funding allows. Interested producers and landowners should submit applications to their local NRCS office by the Oct. 7 application cutoff to ensure they are considered for 2023 funding.