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USDA NRCS in Florida Offers Conservation Funding Opportunities

Dan Agricultural Conservation Easement Program – Wetland Reserve Easements (ACEP-WRE), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Florida, Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), USDA-NRCS

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The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida has several assistance opportunities for agricultural producers and private landowners for key programs. This includes the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) and the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

Through these conservation programs, NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to help producers and landowners make conservation improvements on their land that benefit natural resources, build resiliency and contribute to the nation’s broader effort to combat the impacts of climate change.

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Once an application has been filed, the local NRCS conservation planner will have a one-on-one consultation with the applicant to identify the applicant’s goals and objectives for the land and assess the condition of natural resources. An NRCS conservation planner will present conservation practices or systems to address and enhance these natural resources. The amount of financial assistance available can vary based on practice priority and applicant status. Each year, NRCS re-evaluates the amount of financial assistance payment rates.

NRCS accepts applications for its conservation programs year-round. State Technical Committees, composed of representatives from conservation and agricultural-related organizations, work with NRCS to set state-specific, ranking dates to evaluate applications for funding.

To learn more, contact NRCS at your local USDA Service Center.