Agriculture and Conservation Resources

FSA: The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a voluntary program available to agricultural producers to plant long-term, resource-conserving grasses or trees on environmentally sensitive farmland to improve the quality of water, control soil erosion and enhance wildlife habitat. In return, FSA provides participants with rental payments and cost-share assistance. Contract duration is between 10 and 15 years. For more information, visit

FSA: Conservation Reserve Program - Grasslands is a voluntary program that helps landowners and operators protect grassland, including rangeland, pastureland and certain other lands, while maintaining the areas as grazing lands. The program emphasizes support for grazing operations, plant and animal biodiversity and grassland and land containing shrubs and forbs under the greatest threat of conversion. For more information, visit

FSA: State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) is a voluntary program available under CRP’s continuous enrollment authority. SAFE is designed to address state and regional high-priority wildlife objectives. Producers within a SAFE area can submit offers to voluntarily enroll acres in CRP contracts for 10-15 years. In exchange, producers receive annual CRP rental payments, incentives and cost-share assistance to establish, improve, connect or create higher-quality wildlife habitat. For more information, visit

NRCS: Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to plan and implement conservation practices that improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related natural resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland. EQIP may also help producers meet Federal, State, Tribal, and local environmental regulations.

NRCS: Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) are competitive grants that stimulate the development and adoption of innovative approaches and technologies for conservation on agricultural lands. CIG uses Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds to award competitive grants to non-Federal governmental or nongovernmental organizations, American Indian Tribes, or individuals. Producers involved in CIG funded projects must be EQIP eligible.

NRCS: Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP): The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) helps agricultural producers maintain and improve their existing conservation systems and adopt additional conservation activities to address priority resources concerns. Participants earn CSP payments for conservation performance—the higher the performance, the higher the payment.

The Mesothelioma Center: Assistance for Exposure to Asbestos- Agricultural workers and farmers work on farms to produce crops, livestock and dairy products. Farmers may be at risk of exposure to asbestos through soil, vermiculite and products on farming equipment and machinery. The Mesothelioma Center provides free informational books, packets and a Patient Advocacy program that works 1-on-1 with individuals to help them find local doctors, treatment centers and support groups.

Paraquat Lawsuit- Paraquat, also known as paraquat dichloride, is a highly toxic herbicide used to control weeds and grass. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency restricted paraquat use to commercially licensed users. Paraquat poisoning through ingestion, inhalation or skin exposure can lead to serious health problems, including death. Lawsuits claim manufacturers knew about the risk, but failed to warn the public. People who developed Parkinson’s disease after long-term paraquat exposure may be eligible for compensation.

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