USDA NRCS Financial Assistance Programs

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Contact Qudre Joyner, Hertford County NRCS at 252-358-7860 for more information on the available programs below.

USDA website with more information

What do we do- N.C-NRCS offers voluntary programs to eligible landowners and agricultural producers to provide financial and technical assistance to help manage natural resources in a sustainable manner.

Fun Fact- N.C-NRCS invested over $65 million in conservation efforts this past fiscal year (FY). The agency is expected to meet/exceed this extraordinary feat in FY 2024.

Common Programs-
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)- Offers technical and financial assistance for working
lands, including field crops, specialty crops, organic, confined livestock and grazing, and non-industrial private forest land.

Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)- Designed to compensate agricultural and forest producers who agree to increase their level of conservation by adopting additional conservation activities and maintaining
their baseline level of conservation.

The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP)- Protects the agricultural viability and related conservation values of eligible land by limiting nonagricultural uses which negatively affect agricultural uses and conservation values, protect grazing uses and related conservation values by restoring or conserving eligible grazing land, and protecting and restoring and enhancing wetlands on eligible land.

FY 2024 Program Sign Up Dates-
Applications are accepted on a continuous basis, however, NRCS establishes application “cut-off” or submission deadline dates for evaluation, ranking and approval of eligible applications. To be considered for current available funding, applicants should have their applications into the local field office by the following dates:

  • CSP January 12, 2024
  • EQIP November 3, 2023
  • ACEP-December 1, 2023