US Department of Agriculture
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Programs other than NRCS
NRCS helps America’s farmers, ranchers and forest landowners conserve the nation’s soil, water, air and other natural resources. All programs are voluntary and offer science-based solutions that benefit both the landowner and the environment.
- National Home - http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/national/home/
- WA State Home - http://www.wa.nrcs.usda.gov/
- WA State EQIP 2013 - EQIP is the largest subsidy program, and provides cost-share on a wide range of conservation practices, from building construction to fish passage.
- Conservation Innovation Grants
- CREP - The Conservation reserve enhancement program provides 10 or 15 year leases to landowners to grow native forest. NRCS provides assitance to the Farm Service Administration to implement.
State Management System
- The State Consevationist - The NRCs allocates significant authority to a state office, that develops state-wide initiatives and sets policy.
- The STAC (State Technical Advisory Committee) - The state technical advisory committee is the vehicle by which state agencies, local representatives of federal agencies, and other policy stakeholders participate most directly in policy development.
- LWGs (Local Working Groups) - Local working groups are largely County Conservation Districts organized at a multi-county scale to define the practices and maximum costs necessary to implement NRCS programs.
- Western National Technical Support Center - Provides technical expertise to the state where the state has needs. National Support Centers, have become less prominent over time as NRCS has shifted from a technical assistance to a subsidy distribution system..