NRCS/Farm Bill News
LDCD works closely with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), formerly the Soil Conservation Service, on helping find solutions to natural resource issues.
An important function of the NRCS is to collect data on snowpack levels throughout the western mountains. This information is used to predict stream discharge for the coming season.
These data will be available during the winter/spring months.
The main instrument of the NRCS is the 2008 Farm Bill and related programs. Watch this website for Farm Bill news and local deadlines for Farm Bill Programs. Or, click Here for the Wyoming NRCS office and programs specific to Wyoming.
Farm Bill Programs
We continue to take sign-ups for the following programs on a year-round basis:
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Provides technical and financial assistance to agricultural producers to maintain and improve natural resources. Traditional practices as well as fisheries habitat improvement are emphasized.
Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) Encourages the creation of high quality wildlife habitats. Technical and financial assistance is provided to landowners to develop upland, wetland, aquatic, and riparian habitats on their property.
The Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI) - This program is offered in 11 Western states under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Wildlife Incentives Program (WHIP). The purpose is to provide assistance to agricultural producers to implement practices that will alleviate or reduce threats to sage-grouse habitat.
Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) - Assists landowners who want to enhance existing wetlands in an environmentally beneficial and cost-effective manner. Participant options include both: cost-share agreements and permanent easements.
Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) This program assists landowners in restoring grasslands. Program emphasis is to support grazing operations, plant and animal biodiversity, and lands that are under the greatest threat of conversion.
Last Modified on January 21, 2015
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