NRCS Program Assistance Flowchart

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					                            Natural Resources                    Farm Bill Program Participation Timescale & Flowchart
                            Conservation Service
                                                                                                                         Receive payment/cost share
                                                                                                                    After the practice(s) has been completed,
   Call NRCS to schedule a Conservation Consultation                                                                applicant submits receipts to NRCS to re-
  1 - 4 weeks                                                                                                       ceive cost share/incentive payments.
                                                                                    Programs
                                                                  EQIP– Environmental Quality Incentives Program    Pay contractor & submit             4 to 6
                Conservation Consultation                                                                           receipts to NRCS
 Landowner should first complete conservation plan work-          WHIP– Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program                                              weeks
 sheet items and confirm with Farm Service Agency eligibil-       WRP– Wetland Reserve Program
                                                                                                                   NRCS or TSP inspection and evaluation of
 ity for USDA programs. This meeting is intended to identify      GRP– Grassland Reserve Program                   the construction/implementation of practice
 resource concerns and the landowner’s objectives for the         CSP– Conservation Security Program               is necessary for certification.
 farm. A site visit may or may not be needed at this stage.

  1 - 2 weeks
                                                                                   Responsibilities
                                                                                                                        Implement/Construct Practice
                   Develop Conservation Plan
 (A Conservation Plan is a schedule of landowner decisions to               Landowner
 protect natural resources on his/her property. )                                                                       1 to 6 weeks      Hire Contractor
                                                                            NRCS
  1 to 12 months
                                                                            Landowner &NRCS                          TSP or NRCS Completes Conservation
         Discuss Program Options/Availability
 Farm Bill Programs, sometimes including cost sharing, may                                                                    Practice Design
 be utilized to address resource concerns in the conservation               TSP or NRCS
 plan when appropriate. Program availability is dependent on
 congressional appropriations for each program.
                                                                                                                      Develop & Sign a Conservation
                                                                     Timescale varies depending on practices              Contract Modification
  2-4 weeks                           Possible Revision
                                                                     installed, schedule of implementation,
     Completion of Farm Bill Program Application                     NRCS workload, landowner initiative and
 After the Conservation Plan is completed it must be signed          conservation program application dates.       Select a TSP from the TechReg register
 and certified by the appropriate parties including the land-
 owner, County Conservation District, and the FSA County
                                                                                                                       Yes                                  No
 Committee. Landowner signs a Conservation Program Ap-
 plication/Contract and a Conservation Plan or Schedule of                                                           Use a Technical Service Provider—
 Operations
                                                                                                                                 Yes? No?
                                                                                                                   Technical Service Providers are experts out-
 1 to 6 months (depending                                                                                          side of USDA who are certified to provide
 on application deadline)                      Deferred
                                                                                                                   technical assistance on behalf of USDA.
                                                                                              Begin Practice       Technical assistance includes planning and
   Notification of application status                                                                              implementing conservation practices. NRCS
                                                                  Sign Legal &               Implementation
                                               Approved                                     1 week to 1 year       can reimburse producers for technical assis-
                                                                Binding Contract                                   tance provided by TSPs. A list of TSPs can
                                                                                         (depending on practice)
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