The Natural Resources Conservation Service NRCS offers an array of conservation programs to help meet your resource concerns. To learn more, visit the Montana NRCS website (http://www.mt.nrcs.usda.gov).
The purposes of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) are to promote agricultural production, forest management, and environmental quality as compatible goals; optimize environmental benefits; and help farmers and ranchers meet Federal, State, Tribal, and local environmental regulations.
Through EQIP, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides financial and technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, and non-industrial private forest land owners who face threats to soil, water, and air quality; wildlife habitat; surface and groundwater conservation; energy conservation; and related natural resources on their land.
Learn more about how EQIP works, the application process, application cutoff dates, and eligibility here, or visit us at the Roundup office.
Conservation Stewardship Program
The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is a voluntary conservation program that offers payments to producers who maintain a high level of conservation on their land and who agree to adopt higher levels of stewardship. Eligible lands include cropland, pastureland, rangeland and non-industrial forestland. Eligible applications receive a field visit and a ranking score. Applicants selected for funding will enter into 5-year contracts and may receive up to $40,000 per year.
CSP is available on Tribal and private agricultural lands in all 50 States and the Caribbean and Pacific Islands Areas. The program provides equitable access to all producers, regardless of operation size, crops produced, or geographic location.
CSP has a continuous signup with cut-off dates periodically announced. For more information about eligibility and cut-off dates can be found here. As always, visits to the Roundup office are welcome.
Grasslands Reserve Program
The Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) is a voluntary conservation program that assists landowners and operators in protecting grazing uses and related conservation values by conserving and restoring grassland resources on eligible private lands through rental contracts, easements, and restoration agreements.
NRCS is not accepting applications for new contracts or enrollments under this program at this time. More information can be found here.
Montana NRCS Farm Bill and Other Programs
A full list of Montana’s NRCS programs can be found here.