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USDA Service Center

996 State Road 66 Suite 102

Rockport, IN 47635

Contact us: 1-812-649-9136 ext. 3

Fax: 1-855-391-1917

Our mission is to provide information about soil, water, and related natural resource conservation; identify and prioritize local soil and water resource concerns; and connect land users to sources of educational, technical and financial assistance to implement conservation practices and technologies.

Spencer County Programs Available

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NRCS Programs

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

EQIP helps promote agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible national goals. EQIP offers financial and technical help to assist eligible participants install or implement structural and management practices on eligible agricultural land. EQIP activities are carried out according to a plan of operations developed in conjunction with the producer that identifies the appropriate conservation practices to address the concerns.

Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP)

THe ACEP is a new program that consolidates three former programs: Wetland Reserve Program, Grassland Reserve Program, and the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program. The benefits of this program is that it helps protect the long-term viability of the nation's food supply by preventing conversion of productive working lands to non-agricultural uses. Land Protected by agriculteral land easements provides additional public benefits, including environmental quality, historic preservation, wildlife habitat and protection of open space.

Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

CSP is a voluntary program that encourages agricultural producers to improve conservation systems by improving, maintaining, and managing existing conservation activities and undertaking additional conservation activities. The Natural Resources Conservation Service administers this program and provides financial and technical assistance to eligible producers. CSP is available on Tribal and private agricultural lands and non-industrial private forestland (NIPF) on a continuous application basis.

To learn more about any of the NRCS programs and how they may be right for you, visit the links above. You may also make an appointment to talk to our NRCS District Conservationist, Rita Becker Forler. Call the office at 812-649-9136 ext3

FSA Conservation Programs

Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)

The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) provides technical and financial assistance to eligible farmers to address soil, water, and related natural resource concerns on their lands in an environmentally beneficial and cost-effective manner. The program provides assistance to farmers in complying with Federal and State laws, and encourages environmental enhancement. The program is funded through the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC). The Farm Service Agency (FSA) administers CRP, and NRCS provides technical land eligibility determinations and conservation planning.

Please call the FSA office at 812-649-9136 ext 2 for assistance.

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Courtney Hall - District Admin

Olivia Summers - District Technician