private lands conservation

Southeast Producers Invited to Apply for USDA Conservation Programs

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


The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) invites agricultural producers and forest landowners across the Southeast to participate in voluntary conservation programs and adopt climate-smart practices.

In fiscal year 2024, NRCS will continue to accept applications for programs like the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). These programs help a wide variety of producers, including urban and organic producers.


For fiscal year 2024, NRCS has $3 billion in Inflation Reduction Act funds to invest in climate-smart mitigation activities. This year, NRCS expanded the list of those activities as well as expanded priority areas for ACEP for grasslands, wetlands and farmlands at risk of conversion.

Plus, for fiscal year 2024, NRCS has over $2 billion in Farm Bill funding available to producers for priorities like organic and urban agriculture, soil health, water quality and quantity and wildlife habitat development. This extensive amount of funding will be used to meet producer demand for their oversubscribed programs, maximize climate benefits and help producers address their natural resource challenges.

For more information, contact NRCS at your local USDA Service Center.