Why enroll in Farm Bill Programs?
Many Farm Bill conservation programs provide rental payments, incentive payments, and cost-share assistance. Others provide tax deductions or tax incentives. These payments and incentives can help offset the costs of managing your land.
Who is eligible for Farm Bill Programs?
Private landowners are eligible for these programs. The requirements are different for each program.
Whom do I contact to apply?
Depending on the program you are applying for, applications are accepted at the local U.S. Department of Agriculture office or the local Natural Resources Conservation Service office, called a district office.
What type of land is eligible?
Different types of land are eligible for different programs. Forestland, pastureland, cropland, forestland, former forestland, grassland, and wetland can be enrolled in various programs.
What is an easement?
A conservation easement is a legal agreement between the person who owns the land and a nonprofit conservation organization (often called a land trust) or a government agency. The non-profit organization or government agency is designated as the ‘holder’ of the easement. This organization or agency is responsible for periodically inspecting the property to ensure the easement terms are met.