One of their most popular programs is the conservation stewardship program, which actually started out as the Conservation Security Program in the 2002 farm bill. Today, the program encompasses more than 104,000 square miles which is more than the size of Iowa and Indiana combined. USDA correspondent Gary Crawford has more:
The Natural Resource Conservation Service is well known to farmers for their work on programs like the Conservation Stewardship Program and Environmental Quality Incentives Program or EQIP. But U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack emphasizes that NRCS has recently expanded it’s program options:
The Regional Conservation Partnership program hopes to work with both public and private entities on environmental improvement projects. Funding is granted through existing programs like EQIP and CSP. Funds granted to the RCP program will be weighted 35 percent towards eight critical conservation areas designated by the Secretary of Agriculture. The remaining 65% of funds will be weighted 40% towards national and multistate projects and 25% towards single state projects.
For more information, you can visit http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/farmbill/rcpp/Share