Jackson County Soil and Water Conservation District

Our Mission
To meet the needs of natural resource users by making available and coordinating technical, financial, and educational resources to conserve soil, water, and related natural resources.
NRCS PROGRAMS

1.)  PLANNING - To get started with NRCS, we recommend you stop by your local NRCS field office. We'll discuss you vision of your land.
NRCS provides landowners with free technical assistance, or advice, for thier land.  Common technical assistance includes: resource assessment, practice design and resource monitoring. Your conservation planner will help you determine if financial assistance is right for you.

2.) APPLICATION - We'll walk you through the application process. To get started on applying for financial assistance, we'll work with you: 
  • To fill out an AD 1026, which ensures a conservation plan is in place before lands with highly erodible soils are farmed. It also ensures that identified wetland areas are protected.
  • To meet other eligibility certifications.

Once complete, we'll work with you on the application, or CPA 1200.

Applications for most programs are accepted on a continuous basis, but they're conidered funding in different ranking periods. Be sure to ask your local NRCS district conservationist about the deadline for the ranking period to ensure you turn in your application in time.

3.) ELIGIBILITY - As part of the application process, we'll check to see if you are eligible.  To do this, you'll need to bring:
  • An official tax ID (Social Security number or an employer ID)
  • A property deed or lease agreement to show you have control of the property; and
  • A farm tract number.


4.) RANKING- NRCS will take a look at the applications and rank them according to local resource concerns, the amount of conservation benefits the work will provide and the needs of applicants.

5.) IMPLEMENTING- If you're selected, you can choose whether to sign the contract for the work to be done. 
Once you sign the contract, you'll be provided standards and specifications for completing the practice or practices, and then you will have a specified amount of time to implement.  Once the work is implemented and inspected, you'll be paid the rate of compensation for the work if it meets NRCS standards and specifications.



ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY INCENTIVES PROGRAM

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program that helps agricultural producers protect the environment while promoting agricultural production. With EQIP, NRCS conservationist experts provide both technical and financial assistance to implement environmentally beneficial conservation practices on working agricultural land.
Accepting Applications
Any eligible agricultural producer can submit an EQIP application at any time.  NRCS announces "cut-off" or application submission deadline dates to evaluate, rank, and approve applications received by the announced date. EQIP contains provisions to distribute percentages of program funds by categories including type of agricultural land use, type of producer, natural resource concern, conservation practice and special initiatives.  Applications may be considered for funding under one or more of these categories.
To learn how to get started with NRCS, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/getstarted
To apply for EQIP, contact your local service center.
Eligibility
Eligible EQIP applicants include agricultural producers, owners of non-industrial private forestland, and Tribes that:
Control or own eligible land
Comply with adjusted gross income limitation (AGI)  provisions
Comply with the highly erodible land and wetland conservation requirements
Agree to develop an NRCS EQIP plan of operations
Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, pastureland, non-industrial private forestland and other farm or ranch lands. Additional restrictions and program requirements may apply. 

CLICK EQIP LINK BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION







CONSERVATION STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM

CSP Contracts
[Faces of CSP Miguel] The program represents a genuine commitment to conservation – CSP contracts are for five years, with the option to renew if you successfully fulfill the initial contract and agree to achieve additional conservation objectives. An NRCS conservation planner will work closely with you throughout the entire process.

Contract payments are based on two components:
payments to maintain the existing conservation based on the operation type and number of resource concerns that are meeting the stewardship level at the time of application and
payments to implement additional conservation activities.
CSP contracts will have a minimum annual payment of $1,500.  Certain restrictions apply.

You will be required to maintain the stewardship level of the resource concerns you are already meeting plus meet or exceed at least one additional resource concern in each land use by the end of the contract. If the objectives of the initial CSP contract are achieved, you may be eligible to re-enroll for an additional 5 year contract if you agree to adopt additional conservation activities to meet or exceed two additional targeted resource concerns.  Ohio has identified the following as targeted resource concerns:
Water Quality Degradation
Soil Quality Degradation
Soil Erosion
Fish and Wildlife – Inadequate Habitat
Degraded Plant Condition


CLICK CSP LINK BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION
NRCS - Environmental Quality Incentives Program
NRCS - Conservation Stewardship Program Website