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Agroforestry Assistance

Agroforestry Assistance

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Agroforestry Assistance

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  1. Agroforestry Assistance • History • Technical • Financial

  2. ConservationPrograms

  3. NRCS Mission: To provide leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, improve and sustain our natural resources and environment NRCS Vision: A productive Nation in Harmony with a Quality Environment

  4. Overview Environmental Quality Incentives Program Program Objectives: • Conserve our nation’s natural resources: soil, water, air, plants, and animals on private lands. • Grass-roots Conservation…locally led initiatives • Tailor conservation program to meet local needs and priorities. • County level • Watershed level • Statewide level

  5. Overview Environmental Quality Incentives Program Program Provides: • Technical, financial, and educational assistance • to implement structural, vegetative, and • management practices on private land.

  6. Environmental Quality Incentives Program How the Program WORKS! • Conservation Tools (technical, financial, & educational) • Local Conservation Leadership • Conservation Plans • Contracts • Technical and Financial Assistance to Apply Practices. • Conservation of our Natural Resources!

  7. Overview Environmental Quality Incentives Program Eligibility • Persons engaged in livestock or agricultural production. • American Indian Tribes • Must have control of land for duration of contract • Applications having most environmental benefit are funded first

  8. Overview Environmental Quality Incentives Program Conservation Contracting • 1 - 10 year conservation contract • Obligates financial assistance • Reimburses up to 75% cost of practice • Incentives payments to try something new • Application and follow-up assistance • LRF and BF provisions

  9. Overview Environmental Quality Incentives Program NRCS provides Technical Assistance • Conservation Plan Development • Standards and Specifications Provided • Planning and Design of Practice • Assistance During Application • Certification Practice meets Specifications • Follow-up on Operation and Maintenance

  10. Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program Program Objectives: • Enhance Wildlife Habitat • Address Local Wildlife Habitat Needs • Provide Technical and Financial Assistance The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program is a voluntary program for people who want to develop and improve wildlife habitat primarily on private lands.

  11. Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program Program Outcomes: • Wildlife Habitat Enhancement • Natural Resource Enhancement • water, plants, soil, air • Aesthetics - Quality of Life The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program is a voluntary program for people who want to develop and improve wildlife habitat primarily on private lands.

  12. Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program How the Program Works: • Conservation Plans and Contracts with Land Stewards • Local Wildlife Habitat Development Projects The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program is a voluntary program for people who want to develop and improve wildlife habitat primarily on private lands.

  13. Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program Conservation Contracts with Land Stewards Conservation Contracting • 5 - 10 year conservation contract • Obligates financial assistance • Reimburses up to 75% cost of practice • Application and follow-up assistance The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program is a voluntary program for people who want to develop and improve wildlife habitat primarily on private lands.

  14. Overview Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program WHIP is: • Locally Led Program • Competitive • Technical, Financial, and Educational Assistance • Delivered Through Conservation Plans or Cooperative Agreements • Local, State, and National Objectives Met The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program is a voluntary program for people who want to develop and improve wildlife habitat primarily on private lands.

  15. Conservation Reserve Program Eligibility: • Cropland planted to commodity crop 2 of last 5 years • Be in ownership for one-year • Highly erodible land • Cropped wetlands • CRP priority area

  16. Conservation Reserve Program Program Benefits: • Offers annual rental payments for 10-15 years • Cost-shares 50% of the vegetative establishment • Some Practice Incentive Payments

  17. Conservation Reserve Program Program Participation: • Apply during sign-up periods, or for Continuous Sign Up Practices • Producer must determine the amount of conservation he/she wishes to achieve. • Each applications is ranked to identify those having high environmental benefit. • Applications compete nationally. • Vegetative cover is established. • Natural resources are improved!

  18. Title II Conservation New Conservation Programs • Conservation Security Program • Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program • Grasslands Reserve Program

  19. Conservation Security Program • Through FY06 to assist agricultural operators in adoption of conservation practices on working lands. • Conservation Security plans and contracts to provide land and payment amounts. Payment level is based on level of treatment. • Three Tiers (Maximum payments) • Tier I - $20,000 • Tier II - $35,000 • Tier III - $50,000

  20. Title II Conservation Provisions • Changes to Existing Programs • New Conservation Programs Questions?