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Conservation Corner

Precision Conservation Management

Wed, December 20, 2017

U. S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will offer Illinois producers special funding for precision conservation management techniques as part of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). 


Precision Conservation Management (PCM) is an innovative service program designed to combine financial farm business planning with precision conservation technology in a way that helps producers make intelligent conservation decisions for their operation. 


For this effort NRCS partnered with the Illinois Corn Growers Association to help producers use PCM techniques to address important natural resource concerns, namely water quality and soil health.


Producers have several different NRCS program options that can provide both technical and financial assistance to support their specific project. Landowners simply select the program that best fits their specific needs. 


The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) helps farmers install on-the-ground conservation practices like cover crops, nutrient management, and saturated buffers.  In addition to the normal conservation practices such as grassed waterways, terraces, grade stabilization structures.


The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) rewards producers for maintaining existing conservation efforts already in use on the farm, while strengthening their operation even further by adding new special conservation “enhancement” options.


The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) provides financial and technical assistance so producers can conserve agricultural lands and wetlands and attain multiple benefits over the long-term. Conservation easements offer tremendous environmental benefits like habitat development, flood protection, and water quality improvements. Under the Wetlands Reserve Easements component of ACEP, NRCS helps producers restore, protect, and enhance enrolled wetlands for future generations.


Illinois 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, Vermillion, and Woodford.


To take advantage of this special conservation funding opportunity, interested producers should submit an application to their local NRCS field office by the cutoff dates below:

 

EQIP: January 19 and March 16, 2018


CSP has not been announced yet


ACEP: January 26, 2018

 

NRCS reminds producers they can apply for EQIP, CSP, or ACEP program assistance at any time throughout the year, as they accept applications on a continuous basis.

 

To see if you are eligible to participate in the program, contact your local NRCS field office or visit www.il.nrcs.usda.gov

 

 

 

 

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