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Regional Conservation Partnership Program

RCPP Web Asset

 

Farmers and Ranchers interested in financial assistance or easements through a 2014 Farm Bill RCPP Project, use this link.

Partners, the next RCPP funding announcement is under development.

The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) offers new opportunities for the NRCS, conservation partners and agricultural producers to work together to harness innovation, expand the conservation mission and demonstrate the value and efficacy of voluntary, private lands conservation.

2018 Farm Bill -- Four Things You Should Know about the new RCPP

1. The 2018 Farm Bill reconfigures RCPP as a stand-alone program with its own funding and producer contracts.

RCPP projects still include conservation activities associated with other USDA programs, such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, Conservation Stewardship Program, Agricultural Conservation Easement Program, Healthy Forests Reserve Program, PL 83-566 Watershed Program, and the Conservation Reserve Program. The forthcoming RCPP funding announcement describes how RCPP interacts with these other programs through RCPP contracts.

2. RCPP connects partners with producers and private landowners to design and implement voluntary conservation solutions.

RCPP projects start with an application by an eligible partner. Selected partners work alongside NRCS to help agricultural producers and forest landowners implement conservation activities that address natural resource priorities on eligible lands.

  • Eligible Partners: Agricultural or silvicultural producer associations, farmer cooperatives or other groups of producers, state or local governments, American Indian tribes, municipal water treatment entities, water and irrigation districts, conservation-driven nongovernmental organizations and institutions of higher education, and conservation districts.
  • Eligible Land: RCPP activities may be carried out on any agricultural or nonindustrial private forest land, or associated land on which USDA determines an eligible activity would help achieve conservation benefits.

3. RCPP projects receive financial awards through one of two funding pools.

RCPP funding is split between two funding pools—Critical Conservation Areas (CCAs) and State/Multistate. The forthcoming RCPP funding announcement identifies the CCAs and describes how the State/Multistate category functions.

4. RCPP includes new flexibilities for partners and producers.

The new RCPP statute calls on USDA to streamline program participation and provide flexibility to participating partners and producers. For example, the 2018 Farm Bill directs USDA to provide up to 15 RCPP awards each year in the form of alternative financial arrangements or grants. The forthcoming RCPP funding announcement describes how partners can take advantage of this and other new provisions to explore new ways to support producers in getting conservation on the ground.

2014 Farm Bill -- Funded Projects

Program information such as application sign-up and cut-off dates; program materials (eligible practices, screening and ranking criteria); producer and land eligibility requirements; and, payment rates are posted on each of the RCPP project listed below.

RCPP Project Award Year Status
FY 2018
Active
FY 2018
Active
FY 2018
Active
FY 2018
Active
FY 2018
Active
FY 2017
Active
FY 2017
Active
San Diego County Partnership for Agricultural Sustainability FY 2017 Active
FY 2017
Active
FY 2016
Active
FY 2016
Active
FY 2016
Active
FY 2016
Active
FY 2016
Active
FY 2016
Active
FY 2015
Funding Fully
Expended
FY 2015
Active
FY 2015
Funding Fully
Expended
FY 2015
Active
FY 2015
Funding Fully Expended
FY 2015
Funding Fully Expended

Contact

RaeAnn Dubay, Program Manager
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Davis State Office, California
Phone: 530-792-5653
Email: RaeAnn.Dubay@usda.gov