Resource guides help farmers navigate cost-share programs
The Center for Rural Affairs is offering a series of resource guides to help farmers and ranchers new to conservation practices navigate the path to receiving support through cost-share programs offered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. The guides are available in English and Spanish, and answer common questions such as whether a farmer who rents the land they farm on can participate, and how do taxes and payments work for the programs? The resource guides provide details on two of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s flagship working-lands conservation programs — the Conservation Stewardship Program and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. Both offer financial and technical assistance to producers who want to improve their natural resources, including soil, water, and wildlife habitat, without taking land out of production.