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Federal Conservation Resources for Sustainable Farming and Ranching

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By Jeff Schahczenski

Published: 2007

Updated: November 2014



16 pages


This publication offers an overview of the major federal conservation programs that provide resources for farmers and ranchers to enhance and maintain sustainable farming and ranching practices. The level of available conservation resources for this area has dramatically increased since 2002. This guide helps farmers and ranchers make their way through the often complex and difficult application processes. Access to these resources can open new opportunities to preserve agricultural lands, develop sustainable practices, and open new markets.

Table of Contents

Federal Conservation Resources and Your Farm or Ranch
What Is Available? Overview of Federal Conservation Resources for Working Lands
Conservation Programs and USDA Agency Responsibilities
Know the Programs: Working Land vs. Retiring Land
National vs. Local Differences in Program Details
Working Lands Programs
Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP)
Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program (FRPP)

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