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Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

EQIP is NRCS’ flagship conservation program that helps farmers, ranchers and forest landowners integrate conservation into working lands.

Conservation Stewardship Program

The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) helps you build on your existing conservation efforts while strengthening your operation. 

Wetland Reserve Easements

Wetlands Reserve Easements (WRE) help private and tribal landowners protect, restore and enhance wetlands which have been previously degraded due to agricultural uses.

Agricultural Management Assistance

The Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) helps agricultural producers manage financial risk through diversification, marketing or natural resource conservation practices. 

Learn More about many other NRCS Programs and Initiatives including: 

Healthy Forests Reserve Program

- On-Farm Energy Initiative

High Tunnel and Organic Initiatives

Agricultural Land Easements

Maryland Agricultural Water Quality Cost-Share Program (MACS)

MACS provides farmers with grants to cover up to 100 percent of the cost to install conservation measures known as best management practices on their farms 

Cover Crop Program
Cover Crop Plus+ Program​

Cover crops add organic matter to your soil, control weeds ​and pests, and protect local streams from sediment and nutrient runoff. Attractive grants to help pay for seed, labor, and equipment costs to plant cover crops. 

Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)

CREP is a federal state partnership program that pays landowners to take environmentally sensitive cropland out of production for 10 to 15 years and install conservation practices that ​protect water quality and provide wildlife habitat.

Farmers can receive attractive annual rental payments to take streamside property, certain highly erodible land or wetlands out of production and maintain grass, shrubs, trees, or wetlands for the life of the contract.

Small Farm and Urban Agriculture Program

financial assistance to support small-scale agricultural operations located in urban, peri-urban, rural, and suburban areas. Current grants include:

Other Conservations grants include:

- Conservation Buffer Initiative​

- Manure Transport Program​

- Animal Waste Technology Fund

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