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Federal & State Conservation Programs Federal & State Conservation Programs
Regardless of whether you live in the city, on the coast, or in the country, there may be a conservation assistance program that is right for you. We'll also help connect you to the professionals nearby that can assist in achieving your conservation goals.

The federal land conservation funding and technical assistance programs are national in scope and the majority are offered by the Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Department of Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service.

Both the federal government and the state of Texas have a number of land conservation assistance programs designed to help you with either financial or technical assistance. Take a look through the programs to see if one fits your conservation goals. The following federal and state assistance programs are designed to promote habitat protection or restoration as well as other conservation activities on your land through grants, cost-share, technical assistance, or tax incentives.

Conservation Credit Markets Conservation Credit Markets
Common Ground Capital

Education Programs Education Programs
Adopt-A-Wetland Program
Agricultural Incubator Foundation
Armand Bayou Nature Center
Artist Boat
Bay Day
Boater Waste Education Campaign
Brazoria County Master Gardeners
Celebrate Urban Birds
Cibolo Conservancy
Class 4 Winds & Renewables
Conservation Finance Network
Continuing Forestry Education Group
Country Naturall Beef
Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center at Cedar Hill
Dovetail Partners Inc.
Earth Force, Inc.
EElinked Networks
Equine Land Conservation Resource
Fire Science Online
Food Tank
Forestry Education and Careers
Fort Bend County Master Gardeners
Galveston Bay Ambassador Program
Galveston Bay Children's Art Calendar
Galveston Bay Drive & Discover Guide
Galveston Bay Foundation
Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council
Get Hip to Habitat
Gorgas Science Foundation
Holistic Management International
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Keep Texas Beautiful
Los Lunas Plant Materials Center
McCall Outdoor Science School
Mississippi Wildlife Federation
Mitchell Lake Audubon Center
National NEMO Network
National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
North American Association for Environmental Education
Operation 1-1-1
Partnership for Southern Forestland Conservation
Pollinator Partnership
Prescribed Burn Alliance of Texas: Prescribed Fire Portal
Project Learning Tree - National
Protect U.S. Community Invasive Species Network
Rainwater Harvesting - Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Ranching For Profit School
Ready, Set, Go!
Rock Art Foundation
Rural Women's Project
Science of Galveston Bay Curricula
South Texans’ Property Rights Association
Southern Fire Exchange
Southern Regional Aquaculture Center
Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) Program
Texas Brigades
Texas Cave Conservancy
Texas FFA Association
Texas FFA Foundation
Texas Interagency Coordination Center
Texas Master Gardener Program
Texas Nursery & Landscape Association
Texas SARE
Texas State Envirothon
Texas Wildlife Association Foundation
The Alternative Energy Institute
The Longleaf Alliance
The National Agricultural Law Center
TreeFolks, Inc.
Trees For Houston
Trinity River Audubon Center
U.S. Endowment for Forestry & Communities, Inc.
U.S. Green Building Council-Greater Houston Area Chapter
Urban Ecology Center
Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation
Water Education for Teachers in the City
Wild Ones
Women, Food & Agriculture Network

State Funding / Technical Resources State Funding / Technical Resources
Agricultural Loan Guarantee Program - Texas
Agricultural Water Conservation
Agricultural Water Conservation Loan Program
Center for Invasive Species Eradication (CISE)
Central & West Texas Landowner Assistance
Chris Edgar
Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC)
East Texas Landowner Assistance
East Texas Wetlands Project
Ecosystem Service Management
Feral Hog Grant Programs
Feral Hog Grant Programs
Forest Resource Development and Sustainable Forestry: Economic Development
Forest Resource Development and Sustainable Forestry: Economic Development
Forest Stewardship Program - Texas
GO TEXAN Partner Program
Grassland Restoration Incentive Program
Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System
Innovative Water Technologies
Interest Rate Reduction Program - Texas
Lesser Prairie Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan
Lone Star Land Steward Award Program
LPC Wildlife Management Plan
Mississippi Interstate Cooperative Resource Association
National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative
Nongame and Rare Species Program - Texas
Pastures For Upland Birds - Post Oak Savannah and Blackland Prairie Wildlife Management
Prairie Grouse Partners
Private Lands Enhancement Program
Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation
Rainwater Harvesting - Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Restore the Texas Coast
Southern Regional Extension Forestry
Specialty Crop Block Grant Program
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Amarillo
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Bryan
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Corpus Christi
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Dallas
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Fort Stockton
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Lubbock
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Overton
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at San Angelo
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Stephenville
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Uvalde
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Vernon
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco
Texas A&M Forest Service
Texas Coastal Wetlands
Texas Conservation Action Plan
Texas Department of Agriculture
Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP)
Texas Equine Incentive Program
Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Conservation Program
Texas Hill Country Endangered Songbird Safe Harbor Agreement - Environmental Defense Fund
Texas Landowner Incentive Program
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Texas Prairie Wetlands Project (TPWP)
Texas Private Lands and Habitat Program
Texas Private Lands and Habitat Program - Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Texas Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program
Texas Superstar®
Texas Water Resources Institute
Texas Wetlands Conservation Plan
Texas Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal
Texas Youth Hunting Program
Tree Farm Certification
UNT Quail
Water Education Network
Whitewater to Bluewater Project
Wildlife Habitat Assessment Program
Young Farmer Grant Program
Young Farmer Interest Rate Reduction Program

USDA - NRCS Programs USDA - NRCS Programs
Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP)
Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP)- REPEALED
Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)
Conservation of Private Grazing Land (CPGL)
Conservation Security Program
Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA)
Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI)- REPEALED
Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP)
Emergency Watershed Protection Program- Floodplain Easement
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
EQIP Organic Initiative
Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP)- REPEALED
Farm Pilot Project Coordination, Inc.
Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) REPEALED
Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI)
Gulf of Mexico Initiative
Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP)
Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative- Texas
Longleaf Pine Initiative
Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative
National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative
National Water Quality Initiative
Ogallala Aquifer Initiative
Regional Conservation Partnership Program
Rhode Island Environmental Quality Incentives Program
Small scale solutions for your farm
Texas Conservation Stewardship Program
Texas Environmental Quality Incentives Program
Texas Grassland Reserve Program
Texas Gulf of Mexico Initiative
Texas Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program
The Golden Meadow Plant Materials Center (LAPMC)
The Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative
USDA StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity
USDA StrikeForce Initiative in Texas
Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program
Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP)- REPEALED
Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP)- REPEALED
Working Lands for Wildlife

Federal & State Conservation Programs Conservation Districts
Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts What are Conservation Districts?

"The Nation that destroys its soil destroys itself" was the warning issued in 1937 by President Roosevelt when he signed legislation authorizing the creation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. At that time, the nation was facing a monumental task of protecting our soil and water from the ravages of improper use that resulted in the "Dust Bowl" era. The Federal Government realized it could only solve the problem through strong local involvement and participation. Local people had to be a major part of the solution, which is why Soil and Water Conservation Districts were formed.

By contacting the directors of the soil and water conservation district, a farmer or rancher can get assistance on all phases of conservation.

A wheat farmer on the High Plains can get help in solving a specific wind erosion problem. A rancher can get information on how to manage grasses on his rangeland. A woodland owner can get help to develop a management and conservation plan on timberland, and a vegetable grower in the Rio Grande Valley finds no problem in getting up-to-date information on irrigation. At the same time, a cotton farmer in Central Texas can solve specific erosion problems with current information supplied through an SWCD.

Today, our nation is facing another monumental task: Controlling "polluted runoff", otherwise known as Non-Point Source Pollution. As it was in the 1930’s, the solution is local involvement. Districts are subdivisions of state government run by locally elected and appointed volunteers who work to solve local natural resource problems. It is community involvement and the voluntary approach that makes Soil and Water Conservation Districts so effective. Working in a unique cooperative partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, which provides strong technical expertise, and state and local partners, Soil and Water Conservation Districts reach out to all local stakeholders in the community to determine priorities and set a course of action to solve natural resource problems. Districts provide local conservation leadership, teach the value of natural resources, encourage conservation efforts and help plan and implement voluntary programs. Each District program is different and unique to the area that it serves, because the programs are developed by local people to solve local problems.

Benefits of District Programs

  • Help solve statewide problems by providing local solutions to many local natural resource problems (one size does not fit all)
  • Develop local leadership
  • Provide local hands-on training on natural resource issues
  • Teach the value of natural resources directly to local people
  • Provide voluntary technical assistance to landusers
  • Technical assistance and education help prevent and reduce polluted runoff (non-point source pollution)
  • Technical assistance helps protect drinking water supplies
  • Technical assistance helps landowners to better manage their forests
  • Programs bring in outside money (federal) that is spent locally

Federal & State Conservation Programs Texas AgriLife Extension Service
TTexas AgriLife Extension Working hand-in-hand with its Texas A&M System partners, the state legislature, and the communities it serves, the mission of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service to serve Texans through community-based education has remained unchanged for almost a century.

With a vast network of 250 county Extension offices, 616 Extension agents, and 343 subject-matter specialists, the expertise provided by AgriLife Extension is available to every resident in every Texas county. But Extension specialists are well-aware that a program offered in Dallas might not be relevant in the Rio Grande Valley. AgriLife Extension custom-designs its programs to different areas of the state, significantly depending on residents for input and program delivery.

The mission of AgriLife Extension is a seemingly simple one: improving the lives of people, businesses, and communities across Texas and beyond through high-quality, relevant education. Carrying out this mission, however, is a massive undertaking.one that requires the commitment of each and every one of the agency's 1,900 employees. Through the programs these employees provide, Texans are better prepared to:
  • Eat well, stay healthy, manage money, and raise their children to be successful adults.
  • Efficiently help themselves through preventing problems and using tools for economic stability and security.
  • Improve stewardship of the environment and of the state's natural resources.
Today's AgriLife Extension is known for its leadership, dedication, expertise, responsiveness, and trustworthiness. Texans turn to AgriLife Extension for solutions, and its agents and specialists respond not only with answers, but with a significant return on investment to boost the Texas economy.

Project Updates / News Project Updates / News
Updates and news from Private Landowner Network

USDA Unveils Key New Programs to Help Farmers Manage Risk

End of direct payments represents one of the most significant farm policy reforms in decades. USDA launches education efforts to help producers choose new program right for them. (Reposted from USDA Newsroom)

USDA Invests $68 Million in 540 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects Nationwide

Funding includes loan guarantees and grants for solar energy to create jobs, promote energy independence and advance the use of renewable fuels.

Enrollment for New Dairy Farm Risk Management Program to Begin Sept. 2

USDA Launches New Web Tool to Help Producers Manage Unforeseen Economic Challenges

USDA provides $328 million for agricultural and wetland easements

Farmers Given an Early Termination Option for CRP Contracts

Early termination of CRP contracts will be allowed until Jan 30th, so long as certain criteria are met.

USDA Provides $328 Million to Conserve Wetlands and Farmland, Boost Economy

Farm Bill program will benefit wildfire and outdoor recreation activity in California Bay Delta Region, Mississippi, Red River Basins and others.

What To Do With All of the Poo?

Algae blooms, salmonella and E. Coli, groundwater contamination, and bad smells are just a few of the problems animal manure can cause. In small doses, it’s the stuff of life—the fertilizer plants need to grow. Mishandled, it’s an environmental disaster in waiting. Each year, farm animals in the United States produce over 335 million tons of manure. That’s roughly the weight of 1000 Empire State Buildings.

Dirty Underwear Shows How to Keep Pasture Healthy

There’s nothing like a pair of dirty drawers to drive home a point about soil health.

Conservationists team up to buy ranch with oil spill funds

A sprawling private ranch in southeast Texas will be converted into a state park with the assistance of a fund created in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Farms Across U.S. Win Funds for New Products

Titan Farms, the largest peach operation on the East Coast, throws away 14 million pounds of fruit a year. Most of the peaches are edible, just not as perfect as fresh-market consumers demand. That waste equates to 275 tractor-trailer loads of peaches that go into the trash.

Ask FSA Andy about conservation plans: wetland and highly errodible lands

FSA Andy answers your questions about highly errodible land and wetlands.

Skyrocketing Fire Costs

New Report Shows Budget Impact of Rising Firefighting Costs

Other Forest Programs, Including Efforts to Help Prevent and Mitigate Fire Damage Have Shrunk; Secretary Vilsack Renews Call to Better Protect Public Forests from Wildfire Threats

USDA Announces $25 Million for Agricultural Entrepreneurs to Turn Commodities into Value-Added Products

    Funding Supports Local and Regional Food Systems, Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Increase Economic Opportunity and Improve the Quality of Life in Rural Areas

USDA Announces Selection of Advisory Committee Members to Help Guide Management of Public Forests and Grasslands

21 new members have been selected for the FACA.

Mitigation Solutions USA (MSUSA) Announces Additional Release of American Burying Beetle Endangered Species Credits from Oklahoma’s Muddy Boggy Conservation Bank

MSUSA’s Muddy Boggy Conservation Bank has available American Burying Beetle species credits.

Study: Strawberry Monitoring System Could Add $1.7M over 10 Years to Some Farms

A new UF/IFAS study shows growers can use the Strawberry Advisory System, a web-based tool that Peres helped design, to save up to $1.7 million over 10 years in fungicide use. Instead of spraying weekly, growers can use the system to tell them more optimal time to spray their strawberries.

USDA Announces Inclusion of Wood Products and Other Materials in BioPreferred Program

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces New Global Open Data Partners and Measures to Enhance U.S.–Africa Trade at Africa Leaders Summit

U.S. Forest Service Will Award $14 Million for Working Forests

General Mills Issues Statement on Climate Change, Agriculture's Role

As weather volatility increases, General Mills recognizes the need to mitigate the climate change risks presented to humanity, our environment and our livelihoods. The urgency is clear: science-based evidence points to changes in climate that could permanently alter the atmosphere if action isn't taken in the near term.

USDA Announces Additional Food Safety Requirements, New Inspection System for Poultry Products

Revised modernization effort includes new preventative measures, re-focused inspection activities that will prevent thousands of illnesses annually and improved coordination on worker safety

Greenhouse Gas Report to Assist Producers Facing Climate Challenges

For the First Time, USDA Climate Hubs Get New Tools to Gauge Progress in Building Drought-Resistant Healthy Soil

USDA Implements Key Farm Bill Crop Insurance Provision

2014 Farm Bill Measure Strengthens and Expands Insurance Coverage Options for Farm Operations

Not So Easy Money: The Pros and Cons of Leasing Farm Land to Hunters

White House to Begin $10 Billion Farm Investment Fund

Wall Street is looking for ways to invest in America’s heartland, and the government is ready to play matchmaker.

Do you have your AD-1026 certification form on hand?

For farmers to be eligible for premium support on their federal crop insurance, a completed and signed AD-1026 form must be on file with the FSA.

USDA conservation program helps ranchers preserve farm and wetlands

The new Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) provides finanical and technical assistance for farmers and ranchers to protect farmland and wetlands.

Delta farmers meet initial goal for voluntary metering of irrigation wells

As the June 30 deadline passed, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality announced that the 5 percent goal for voluntary metering of irrigation wells supported by the Delta Sustainable Water Resource Task Force had been officially met.

United States and Korea Streamline Organic Trade

The US and Korea have entered an arrangement where organic processed products certified in either country can now be labeled as organic in the other.

USDA Makes $5 Million in Farm Bill Support for National Clean Plant Network Available

Farm Bill funds supports 19 projects under the National Clean Plant Network.

USDA Announces Loan Rates for 2014-Crop Peanuts

The CCC announced 2014 crop loan rates for select peanuts.

USDA Announces New Farm Bill Funds Available for Research to Fight Citrus Greening

$31.5 Million Being Allocated to Test Various Ways to Combat Disease Threatening U.S. Citrus Industry

Service Agency County Committee Nomination Period Begins June 15

Nominations for local FSA county committees begins June 15 and ends Dec 1.

Secretary Jewell Releases Landscape-Scale Mitigation Strategy to Encourage Dual Objectives of Smart Development and Conservation

Strategy seeks to provide clarity and consistency to more effectively avoid, minimize and compensate for impacts on public lands.

USDA Announces 2014 Cotton Loan Rate Differentials

Estimated ACRE Payments for 2013

This article by Gary Schnitkey from the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois predicts ACRE payments for the 2013 crop year.

USDA Announces Efforts to Expand Support for Small and Mid-Sized Farmers and Ranchers

The recent Census of Agriculture shows that there is tremendous growth potential for small and mid-sized producers in the American agricultural landscape. The USDA is taking a hard look at existing resources to ensure that they work for producers of all sizes, adjusting policies, strengthening programs and intensifing outreach to meet the needs of small and mid-sized producers.

Companies Partner with States to Conserve Lesser Prairie Chicken Habitat

The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies announces land enrollment by industry partners

The USDA Released Agricultural Projections to 2022

The USDA has provided longrun projections for the farm sector for the next 10 years.

Leading Environmental Restoration and Mitigation Banking Firm Expands Into Conservation Banking: Lesser Prairie Chicken to Benefit

The partnership between Restoration Systems LLC and Common Ground Capital will provide the capital and strategic resources needed to enable CGC to complete execution of landscape-scale species conservation banks. These banks will compensate for the destruction of the Lesser Prairie Chicken habitat.

USDA Accepts Grant Applications for Conservation Innovation Efforts

Grant Program Links Public, Private Groups to Improve the Environment and Preserve Resources

NFWF Announces More Than $100 Million for Restoration Projects on the Gulf Coast
Funds derived from settlement of DOJ criminal charges against BP and Transocean

SEAFWA Endorses Full Funding for NBCI by States
The Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) has voted unanimously to endorse member states’ fully funding the core operations of the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) for an initial three-year period. 

New Campaign Calls for Restoration Projects that Benefit Environment and Economy
October 30, 2013 -- The Walton Family Foundation announced a Gulf-wide effort to spotlight business support for restoration projects that will benefit both the economy and the environment.

Saving a Texas rite of passage, one ranch at a time
ALEDO — In Texas, quail equals money.

Experts: 'Something Bigger is Going on' with Wildfires
Science is connecting hotter, bigger fires and a longer, more intense fire season with changes in the climate.

New Habitat Program for TX Landowners
La Grange, TX – The Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture (OPJV) Partnership is pleased to announce a new program designed to help private landowners pay for the cost of wildlife habitat improvements on their property.

What Good is Dead Wood?
When you hear a barred owl calling “who cooks for you?” in your woods, chances are it’s calling from a nest cavity in the limb of a dying tree.

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