NRCS will offer special funding for precision conservation management through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Precision conservation management is an innovative service program designed to apply financial farm business planning information with precision conservation technology to help farmers make intelligent conservation decisions. NRCS has partnered with the Illinois Corn Growers Association to help producers address resource concerns, such as water quality and soil health.
There are several different federal programs producers can apply for and use with this RCPP project. Producers can pick the one that best fits their needs. The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), offers assistance to help implement practices like cover crops, nutrient management, or saturated buffers. The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) allows producers to build on their existing conservation efforts while strengthening their operation by adding new conservation enhancements on their land. The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) can provide long-term financial and technical assistance that helps producers conserve agricultural lands and wetlands and their related benefits using land conservation easements. Using the Wetlands Reserve Easements component, producers can restore, protect and enhance enrolled wetlands for future generations.
The NRCS Precision Conservation Management RCPP project is available to producers with land located in the following counties: Champaign, Christian, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Livingston, Macoupin, McLean, Sangamon, Tazewell, Vermilion, and Woodford. To take advantage of this special conservation funding opportunity, interested producers should submit an application to their local NRCS field office by cutoff dates listed below:
EQIP January 20, and March 17, 2017
CSP February 3, 2017
ACEP January 20, 2017
Producers are reminded that they can submit EQIP, CSP, or ACEP applications to NRCS offices at any time throughout the year. To verify your eligibility to participate in these program, contact the local NRCS field office or visit the Illinois NRCS website at www.il.nrcs.usda.gov.