NRCS Programs

Farm Bill Program - NRCS offers financial and technical assistance through conservation practices, activities and enhancements to help agricultural producers make and maintain improvements on their land. Producers with active contracts under the 2014 Farm Bill may continue completing practices as scheduled; sign-up information for the Farm Bill 2018 will be announced as it becomes available. Within the Farm Bill there are a few different programs, those being the following. 

EQIP - This program has a lot to offer. It is a program that is here to help you achieve where you strive to be. Things such as tree planding, pipeline, grass seeding, and much more. 

CSP - CSP can be a big opportunity to assist you in doing more conservation practices. We also look into and recognize what you are already practicing as a producer. 

ACEP - This can help landowners, land trusts, and other entities protect, restore, and enhance wetlands, grasslands, and working farms and ranches through conservation easements.

RCPP - This promotes coordination between NRCS and its partners to deliver conservation assistance to producers and landowners. 

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. Through these programs the agency approves contracts to provide financial assistance to help plan and implement conservation practices that address natural resource concerns or opportunities to help save energy, improve soil, water, plant, air, animal and related resources on agricultural lands and non-industrial private forest land.

Financial Assistance - NRCS offers financial and technical assistance to help agricultural producers make and maintain conservation improvements on their land. Here are the programs for Financial Assistance: EQIP, and CSP

NRCS also provides programs for the following: Technical Assistance, Easements, and Landscape Planning

The NRCS has many opportunites for producers, who may not even know it. Take a look into the 5 Steps to Assistance

Additional Programs

Outdoor Heritage Fund Program - A planting done within this program must be a minimum of 3000 feet. The landowner is eligible to receive 70% of the total project cost. Please contact us for more information if you are interested in the OHF Program.

ND Windbreak Renovation Initiative - If you are interested in reviving old windbreaks please contact Liz Smith, Forest Stewardship Manager at (701) 537-3584. Your information will be reviewed by a forester and you will soon after know if you are elegable for this cost-share. You can also contact the Ward Soil Conservation District office. 

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Wildlife CRP Program - Soon North Dakota farmers and ranchers into priority areas will be able to apply for financial assistance when converting their expiring Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land into a rotational grazing system. The working Grasslands Partnership will offer assistance for grazing infrastructure, such as water developments and fencing.

The partnership was established through a grant from the North Dakota Outdoor Heritage Fund to the North Dakota Natural Resources Trust.

“CRP acres are limited, so reenrolling in CRP is not an option for many landowners,” said Dane Buysse, a conservation specialist with Ducks Unlimited, which is contributing to the program and working to get the word out to landowners. “This working land program will allow farmers and ranchers to use their CRP cover efficiently though a rotational grazing system.”

The Working Grasslands Partnership is offering technical assistance for developing grazing systems and financial assistance to put the infrastructure on the ground. The cost-share options for landowners include water wells, pipelines, and rural water hookups, as well as boundary fencing and cross-fencing. The limited grant funds are available to landowners in the Missouri Coteau and the southwest part of the state.

Additional contributing partners will also be helping to get the word out to landowners, including North Dakota conservation district farm program biologists, Pleasants Forever and U.S. Fish and Wildlife private land Biologists.

If you would like more information, contact one of Ducks Unlimited’s conservation program biologists: Dane Buysse at 701-425-4852,, or Tanner Gue at 701-595-6945,