NRCS mission is to manage natural resource conservation programs. These programs provide environmental, societal, financial, and technical benefits that include both on-site benefits and off-site benefits. Program benefits include many, but are not limited to, many of the following aspects:
Sustaining and improving agricultural productivity
Cleaner, safer, and more dependable water supplies
Reduced damages caused by floods and other natural disasters
Enhanced natural resource bases that support continuing economic development, recreation, and other purposes
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary program to provide technical and financial assistance for agriculture producers who plan to apply conservation practices on their land. Incentives may be paid for one year or up to three years to implement conservation practices they might otherwise not install. Commonly funded practices include: mulch-till and no-till residue management, cover crops, nutrient management (fertilizer application), windbreak renovations, portable windbreaks, grass and alfalfa plantings, pipelines, spring developments, tanks, wells, and livestock nutrient (manure) management.
Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is a voluntary program that provides farmers and ranchers with financial and technical assistance to conserve and enhance soil, water, air and other nature resources on their land. it rewards producers who have been excellent stewards of the land, and provides an incentive for them to expand conservation activities.
Eligible lands include cropland, grassland, improved pastureland, and rangeland. (lands currently enrolled in other conservation programs such as CRP, GRP or WRP are not eligible.)
Wetland Reserve Easement (WRE) is a voluntary program that offers landowners the opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands on their property. WRE will make a one-time payment per acre, for a 30-year grassland easement on wetlands and an adequate upland buffer. Restoration may include plugging of established drains, sediment removal, or vegetative establishment. Upland acres do not have to meet a cropping history
The landowner retains ownership of the land and pays property taxes on the land. The landowner is responsible to control weeds, and controls access to the land, including hunting, fishing, trapping, and any other recreational use.
Prairie Pothole Wetland & Grassland Retention is available to help producers accelerate the implementation of conservation practices to protect grassland & wetland landscapes. Annual payments are earned by producers who implement new conservation activities and maintain existing practices. Three resource objectives will be address through this funding source: 1) Manage farmed wetlands to minimize impact on wildlife and water quality. 2) Sustain intact grasslands and wetlands in their current state. 3) Improve working lands through conservation management.
Honey Bee Pollinator Effort provides rest and safe high quality feed in order to increase survival of honey bee colonies. North Dakota has hundreds of different pollinators, both native and non-native species. These pollinators feed on flowering plants throughout the spring, summer, and fall months
Available practices will be specifically targeted to counter the following threats to honey bees. 1) Conservation crop rotation to include pollinator crops. 2) Pollinator field borders. 3) Integration of different techniques of pest management. 4) species diverse cover crops