Utah NRCS Programs
Utah NRCS and its Partnering
Agencies administer a broad range of conservation programs to assist
farmers, ranchers, and other landowners in conserving natural resources. These
programs provide incentives such as technical and cost-sharing assistance to
install conservation practices. If you own or manage farm, range, or forest
land, then the 2008 Farm Bill conservation programs can help you address natural
resource concerns and opportunities on your land.
Participation in all conservation programs is voluntary. Participant
requirements and eligibility vary by program. The charts below do not contain
all the NRCS programs in entirety. Visit your
local USDA - NRCS
Service Center to help determine which programs may be right for you.
NRCS Farm Bill Programs established through the 2008 Farm Bill
||Who Should Apply
Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA)
||Provides financial assistance to reduce the economic risk of adopting new
conservation measures that address water management, water quality, and
||Agricultural producers with priority for limited resource, beginning, or
Water Enhancement Program (AWEP)
||Financial assistance to implement agricultural water enhancement activities
on agricultural land to conserve ground and surface water or improve water
quality in the region.
||Agricultural producers interested in water conservation and quality.
Colorado River Basin Salinity Control
||Financial assistance for on-farm salinity control to reduce salinity
concentrations in the Colorado River.
||Agricultural producers with land located in approved salinity control
Conservation Reserve Program
(CRP) – USDA Farm Service Agency
||Financial assistance to establish long-term, resource conservation.
Emphasis on reducing water runoff and sedimentation to protect groundwater
and improve the condition of lakes, rivers, ponds, and streams.
||Agricultural producers with cropland or pastureland.
Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
||Rewards farmers and ranchers who address natural resource concerns in a
comprehensive manner and offers compensation for undertaking additional
||Agricultural producers who have already adopted conservation strategies on
Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI)
||Enables NRCS partners to help enhance conservation outcomes in conjunction
with other programs on agricultural lands and private, nonindustrial forest
||State and local units of government, producer associations, farmer
cooperatives, tribes, institutions of higher education, and nongovernmental
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
||Financial assistance to install permanent measures, adopt new management
strategies, or develop activity plans for a wide range of natural resource
|| Agricultural producers who want to plan and install measures to protect the
soil, water, air, and other natural resources on their working land.
Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP)
||Financial assistance to create, restore, or enhance high quality fish and
||Owners or managers of non-industrial, private forest land, agricultural
land, or land that is capable of being farmed who are interested in
enhancing wildlife opportunities.
Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW)
||A new partnership between NRCS and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)
to use agency technical expertise combined with $33 million in financial
assistance from the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program to combat the decline
of seven specific wildlife species whose decline can be reversed and will
benefit other species with similar habitat needs.
||Who Should Apply
Farm and Ranchland Protection
||Helps land conservation-focused partners assist farmers in keeping their
land in agriculture through the purchase of development rights.
||State, local, and non-profit entities with existing farm protection
programs who have adequate staff and financial resources necessary to manage
and enforce conservation easements.
Grassland Reserve Program
||Provides financial assistance to restore and protect private grasslands,
pasturelands, and other lands while maintaining the areas in grass.
||Agricultural producers with existing grasslands, shrublands, or pasture
interested in long-term commitments to maintain or enhance the grasslands.
Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP)
||Technical and financial assistance to protect, restore, and enhance
wetlands through the purchase of easements and enhancement activities.
||Landowners interested in restoration or long-term protection of wetlands.
Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP)
|| General WREP is a component of WRP through which NRCS enters into
agreements with eligible partners to target and leverage resources to carry
out high-priority wetland protection, restoration, and enhancement
activities and improve wildlife habitat on eligible lands.
||Who Should Apply
||Natural resources conservation planning services to private and public
individuals, groups, and entities.
||Any group or individual interested in conserving natural resources and
sustaining agricultural production.
Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP)
||Helps groups of people with imminent hazards to life and property caused by
natural disasters. NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to
preserve life and property threatened by excessive erosion and flooding.
||Public and private landowners are eligible for assistance but must be
represented by a project sponsor. The project sponsor must be a unit of
government such as a city, county, or conservation district.
|Additional Utah NRCS
Conservation Initiative (GLCI)
||Collaborative process of individuals and organizations working to maintain
and improve the management, productivity, and health of privately owned
Small Watershed Program
||Technical and financial assistance to help communities protect, improve,
and develop water and land resources.
||Provides mountain snowpack data and streamflow forecasts for the western
United States. Common applications of snow survey data include water supply
management, flood control, climate modeling, recreation, and conservation
||Soils information available to the public. NRCS studies and inventories the
soil resources of the Nation, since understanding the nature and properties
of soils is critical to managing and conserving other natural resources.
Assistance - NRCS National Website
||NRCS provides conservation programs and technical assistance to American
Indians, Alaska Natives, and Tribal governments. NRCS enters into
cooperative and contribution agreements with tribal organizations that can
help NRCS improve working relationships with Indian tribes and works closely
with other USDA agencies to promote a seamless delivery system to
If you are interested in participating in any of the above programs, please
local USDA-NRCS Service Center.