Financial Assistance

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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.

Our financial assistance programs include the following:

The Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to voluntarily address issues such as water management, water quality, and erosion control by incorporating conservation into their farming operations. high tunnel at wellington herbs and spices with rows of newly sown herbs


Wellington Herbs and Spices uses AMA to install microirrigation in a high tunnel in New York.

The Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) is a voluntary conservation initiative that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to implement agricultural water enhancement activities on agricultural land to conserve surface and ground water and improve water quality. Irrigation on the Thaggard Farm in Georgia.


Zac Thaggard uses AWEP to install irrigation retrofits during a drought in Georgia. A PDF telling his story in more detail is available.

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) is a voluntary program intended to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection, in conjunction with agricultural production. The Ho family on their farm, with a box of Japanese eggplant


The Ho family uses a CIG grant to manage insect pests in Oahu, Hawai'i.

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers through contracts up to a maximum term of ten years in length. Producer, Bill Whiting, and NRCS Tribal Liaison, Mary Scott discussing the solar panel system



The Whitings use EQIP to meet water supply and plant condition concerns in South Dakota.

The Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) is a voluntary program for conservation-minded landowners who want to develop and improve wildlife habitat on agricultural land, nonindustrial private forest land, and Indian land. stream mostly blocked by rocks and fallen branches


Dartmouth College uses WHIP to remove obstructions to fish passage in New Hampshire.