Contact the Riley County USDA Farm Service Center-NRCS Office 785-776-8595.
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
Funded from the Federal Commodity Credit Corporation to encourage environmental enhancement. EQIP provides technical assistance, cost-share payments, incentive payments and education to producers who enter 5-10 year contracts based on conservation plans. Some of the practices available are: Rangeland Brush Control, Prescribed Burning, Cross Fencing, Ponds, Windbreaks and other rangeland practices. Practices such as no-till cropping systems and nutrient and pest management are also available for water quality concerns. This program is administered by the Form Service Agency with NRCS providing technical assistance.
EQIP sign-up periods are announced throughout the year. Contact the Riley County NRCS Office for more information 785-776-8595.
Federal Easement Programs
Several federal easement programs are available to protect and enhance grassland and prime farmlands. The Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) and the Farm and Ranchland Protection Program (FRPP) are designed to curb development on agricultural lands with 30-year or permanent easements.
NRCS Technical Assistance
USDA NRCS Technical Assistance to land users to solve natural resource problems in rural, suburban and urban settings. There is no charge for NRCS Technical Assistance. Technical assistance includes agricultural conservation planning, watershed-based assistance, flood control programs, conservation engineering assistance for conservation structures, etc.