NRCS and FSA Conservation Programs
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) programs help people reduce soil erosion, enhance water supplies, improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat, and reduce damages caused by floods and other natural disasters. Major programs of interest to landowners include:
• CRP (Conservation Reserve Program)
• WRP (Wetlands Reserve Program)
• GRP (Grasslands Reserve Program)
• CSP (Conservation Stewardship Program)
Conservation Reserve Program
The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a land conservation program administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). In exchange for a yearly rental payment, farmers enrolled in the program agree to remove environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production and plant species that will improve environmental health and quality.
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Wetland Reserve Program
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides technical and financial support to help landowners with wetland restoration efforts through WRP.
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Grasslands Reserve Program
The Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) is a voluntary conservation program that emphasizes support for working grazing operations, enhancement of plant and animal biodiversity, and protection of grassland under threat of conversion to other uses.
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Conservation Stewardship Program
The Conservation Stewardship Program helps agricultural producers maintain and improve their existing conservation systems and adopt additional conservation activities to address priority resources concerns. Participants earn CSP payments for conservation performance – the higher the performance, the higher the payment.
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The Farm Bill
The Farm Bill is what authorizes the services and programs described above. The new Farm Bill builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past five years while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer.
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Without regulating wildlife population, the threat of an owner losing control of their land to nature exists. Too little population also proves to have a negative effect on the land. The National Wildlife Refuge System, also known as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), administers a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management, and where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans. The FWS sets regulations for hunting for game.