With consumers expressing more interest in sustainability and responsibly produced foods, ADA North East is helping dairy farmers build trust in their farming practices and commitment to stewardship. Click below to find information about available technical and financial resources to help dairy farmers meet their conservation project goals.

If you are aware of other resources that should be posted to this page, please email Ron Ohrel (rohrel@milk4u.org).

USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) CLEAR30 Pilot

About:
The CLEAR30 Pilot is a first-time opportunity to enroll in a 30-year CRP contract. Certain CRP water quality practices under continuous CRP contracts that are expiring on September 30, 2020 may be offered into CLEAR30. The cropland must be currently enrolled under a CRP contract in a Continuous CRP water quality practice. Certain marginal pastureland that is devoted to riparian buffers, wildlife habitat buffers, or wetland buffers is also eligible to enroll in the CLEAR30 Pilot, but also must be under a CRP contract expiring on September 30, 2020.

Location(s):
The Pilot will be focused in the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay Priority Areas. Includes cropland in Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Application Deadline:
Producers may apply for CLEAR30 from July 6 - August 21, 2020. CLEAR30 contracts will be effective October 1, 2020.

For More Information:
https://www.fsa.usda.gov/Assets/USDA-FSA-Public/usdafiles/FactSheets/crp-clear30-pilot.pdf

USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) CLEAR30 Pilot

About:
The CLEAR30 Pilot is a first-time opportunity to enroll in a 30-year CRP contract. Certain CRP water quality practices under continuous CRP contracts that are expiring on September 30, 2020 may be offered into CLEAR30. The cropland must be currently enrolled under a CRP contract in a Continuous CRP water quality practice. Certain marginal pastureland that is devoted to riparian buffers, wildlife habitat buffers, or wetland buffers is also eligible to enroll in the CLEAR30 Pilot, but also must be under a CRP contract expiring on September 30, 2020.

Location(s):
The Pilot will be focused in the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay Priority Areas. Includes cropland in Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Application Deadline:
Producers may apply for CLEAR30 from July 6 - August 21, 2020. CLEAR30 contracts will be effective October 1, 2020.

For More Information:
https://www.fsa.usda.gov/Assets/USDA-FSA-Public/usdafiles/FactSheets/crp-clear30-pilot.pdf


Choptank Riverkeeper Landowner Payments for Water Quality Projects

About:
Funding is available to install buffers, wetlands, and bioreactors on farm fields in the Choptank Watershed. $90 - $1,300/acre is available for buffers with flexible mowing restrictions and planting widths, $2,000/acre for tree buffers, $3,000/acre for wetlands, and a $500/acre bonus for properties in high-priority areas.

Location(s):
Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot, or Queen Anne’s county

Application Deadline:
Unknown

For More Information:
https://www.shorerivers.org/envision-the-choptank?bbeml=tp-kOWsm98N7UKmEdsOkRhhXQ.jv9L-UeX1HkOvv6xWRYHBWw.rdKyR6LI2zkGGLGhiSyQCig.lUmeO9qQ2zEK7w2Cx57AnAQ

Source Water Buffer Program 

About:
The goal of the Source Water Buffer Program is to protect active sources of public drinking water and to support, expand, or enhance water quality protection through the purchase of conservation easements on agricultural lands. Such projects shall preserve or establish buffers for surface or ground waters which serve as, or are tributaries to, public drinking water supplies.

Funding for this opportunity is provided through the Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017 with approximately $5 million available for the purchase of conservation easements on agricultural lands that support, expand, or enhance water quality protection of active public drinking water sources. These are including but not limited to aquifers, watersheds, reservoirs, lakes, rivers, and streams. Program funds will also be available for the implementation of Riparian Buffer Systems within the conservation easement area that will provide further water quality protection. 

Location(s):
Eligible agricultural lands must be:

  • Directly adjacent to surface waters designated as a drinking water source;
  • Directly adjacent to tributaries that drain to designated drinking water source;
  • Wetland areas directly adjacent to surface waters designated as a drinking water source;
  • Within a wellhead protection area designated by the NYS Department of Health; or
  • Within the contributing area directly adjacent to an aquifer sinkhole.

Application Deadline:
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis. 

For More Information:
If you are interested in learning more or participating in the Source Water Buffer Program, contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District.

Upper Susquehanna Regional Conservation Partnership Program 

About:
The Upper Susquehanna Coalition, administered by the Tioga County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), has partnered with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to implement farmstead management practices in the Upper Susquehanna watershed through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) utilizing funding from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Practices funded through this program will reduce sediment and nutrient runoff into the waters of the Susquehanna River.

Funding is available to agricultural producers to implement practices to treat the runoff from barnyards, bunk silos, milkhouse waste systems, and to store and manage manure. Local partners and NRCS offices will work together to provide assistance to producers in the project area in planning and implementing conservation practices.

Location(s):
Upper Susquehanna watershed. A map of the New York portion of the Upper Susquehanna River Watershed is available at https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/PA_NRCSConsumption/download?cid=nrcseprd1619848&ext=pdf.

Application Deadline:
August 21, 2020 is the application cutoff date for this round of funding. Applicants must provide a copy of their Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan by September 4, 2020 for consideration in this round of funding. All applications are competitive and are ranked based on locally identified resource priorities and the overall benefit to the environment.

For More Information:
Interested landowners should contact their local NRCS office for additional information and to obtain an application. 
 
As part of application process, all landowners will need to complete USDA eligibility requirements. To find information on EQIP Eligibility please visit http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/ny/programs/financial/eqip/?cid=nrcs144p2_027069.

USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) CLEAR30 Pilot

About:
The CLEAR30 Pilot is a first-time opportunity to enroll in a 30-year CRP contract. Certain CRP water quality practices under continuous CRP contracts that are expiring on September 30, 2020 may be offered into CLEAR30. The cropland must be currently enrolled under a CRP contract in a Continuous CRP water quality practice. Certain marginal pastureland that is devoted to riparian buffers, wildlife habitat buffers, or wetland buffers is also eligible to enroll in the CLEAR30 Pilot, but also must be under a CRP contract expiring on September 30, 2020.

Location(s):
The Pilot will be focused in the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay Priority Areas. Includes cropland in Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Application Deadline:
Producers may apply for CLEAR30 from July 6 - August 21, 2020. CLEAR30 contracts will be effective October 1, 2020.

For More Information:
https://www.fsa.usda.gov/Assets/USDA-FSA-Public/usdafiles/FactSheets/crp-clear30-pilot.pdf


Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

About:
Through the EQIP program, NRCS offers financial and technical assistance to participants to implement practices which address priority resource concerns, including soil erosion, water quality and habitat degradation. Focus areas within the EQIP program include the farmstead, cropland, pastureland, and forestland. Examples of practices implemented through EQIP include: strip cropping, grassed waterways, forest stand improvement and manure storage facilities.

New York Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will work with applicants to assess potential resource concerns on the land included in the application and to develop a conservation plan to address the identified resource concerns.

Location(s):
Statewide

Application Deadline:
August 21, 2020. Applications accepted after August 21, 2020 will be considered in the next signup. All applications are competitive and are ranked based on national, state and locally identified resource priorities and the overall benefit to the environment.

For More Information:
If you are interested in applying for an NRCS conservation program please visit our web site for information on applying at: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/ny/programs/financial/eqip/?cid=nrcs144p2_027058.

You may apply by visiting your local NRCS field office, which can be located using the web site: http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?state=NY.


Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Funds

About:
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in New York State has announced funding to help protect the Great Lakes as part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). NRCS will provide financial and technical assistance to help improve surface water quality in waters flowing into Lake Ontario.

NRCS in New York receives funding to provide financial and technical assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to eligible landowners and farmers for conservation work. GLRI focuses on practices that have the highest benefit for reducing water quality degradation due to agricultural runoff, including animal waste storage facilities, residue management, no-till, and nutrient management.

Location(s):
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding is provided by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to allow NRCS to target threats to the Great Lakes. In New York, the GLRI area includes portions of Niagara, Orleans, Monroe, Wayne, Cayuga, Oswego, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Wyoming, Steuben, and Allegany Counties, which drain into Lake Ontario.

Application Deadline:
For fiscal year 2021, NRCS will accept applications for funding through August 21, 2020. Applications accepted after August 21, 2020 will be considered for funding in the next signup period. To apply for funding through the GLRI program interested farmers and landowners should contact their local USDA office by the above listed signup date.

For More Information:
For more information on GLRI visit the website www.epa.gov/greatlakes/glri/index.html. If you are interested in applying for a conservation program please visit our web site for information on applying at: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/ny/programs/financial/eqip/?cid=nrcs144p2_027058. You may apply by visiting your local NRCS field office, which can be located using the web site: http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?state=NY.


Suffolk County SWCD and NRCS-NY Announce Application Cutoff Date for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program

About:
The Suffolk County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has partnered with New York Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to bring focused conservation program funding to the region. The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) uses partnerships to coordinate and target resources to address regional conservation goals.

This special funding will be used to implement practices to address localized priority resource concerns. Local SWCD’s and NRCS offices will work together to provide assistance to producers in the project area in developing and implementing conservation practices.

All applications are competitive and are ranked based on locally identified resource priorities and the overall benefit to the environment.

Location(s):
Suffolk County, Peconic Estuary Watershed

Application Deadline:
August 21, 2020

For More Information:
Interested farmers and landowners that are located within the Peconic Estuary Watershed should contact their local NRCS office for additional information and to obtain an application. Office staff will be able to help confirm eligibility.

As part of application process, all landowners will need to complete USDA eligibility requirements. To find information on EQIP Eligibility please visit: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/ny/programs/financial/eqip/?cid=nrcs144p2_027069.

If you are interested in applying for an NRCS conservation program, please visit the NRCS web site for information at: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/ny/programs/?cid=nrcs144p2_027058.

Suffolk County farmers may apply by visiting your local SWCD office and NRCS field office, located at 423 Griffing Ave, Riverhead, NY 11901. The SWCD office can be reached at (631) 852-3285. The NRCS office can be reached at (631) 727-5666.

Small Business Advantage Grant

About:
The Small Business Advantage Grant provides 50% matching grants, up to a maximum of $7,000 to enable Pennsylvania small businesses to purchase energy efficient or pollution prevention equipment, or adopt waste reduction processes.
To be eligible, the applicant must be a Pennsylvania-based, registered, for-profit small business with 100 or fewer FTE employees, and install energy efficiency and pollution prevention projects saving the small business a minimum of $500.00 and at least 25% annually in energy consumption or pollution related expenses. Natural resource protection projects must quantify the reduction of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment loadings reaching the receiving waterway.

Location(s):
Statewide

Application Deadline:
Applications are accepted beginning July 24, 2020. The program is first-come, first served.

For More Information:
https://www.dep.pa.gov/Citizens/GrantsLoansRebates/SmallBusinessOmbudsmanOffice/Pages/Small%20Business%20Advantage%20Grant.aspx

Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) Program

About:
Farmers, landowners, and businesses earn tax credits for implementing Best Management Practices (BMPs) that will enhance farm production and protect natural resources.

REAP is a first-come, first-served program—no rankings. The program is administered by the State Conservation Commission and the tax credits are awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue.

Eligible applicants receive between 50% and 75% of project cost in the form of state tax credits for up to $250,000 per operation in a 7-year timeframe.

Tax credits can be used incrementally (as needed) for up to 15 years to pay PA state income tax. Farmers and landowners can elect to sell the tax credits after one year.

Farmers can work with a sponsor that will help finance the BMP project. The sponsor reimburses the farmer/landowner for the project installation costs and the sponsor receives the tax credits.

Applicants can apply for proposed projects and/or completed projects.

Location(s):
Statewide

Application Deadline:
The State Conservation Commission will begin accepting 2020-21 REAP applications on August 3, 2020. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

For More Information:
https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Plants_Land_Water/StateConservationCommission/REAP/Pages/default.aspx

Conservation Excellence Grant Program

About:
Financial and technical assistance for the implementation of best management practices (BMPs) on agricultural operations in high-priority locations within the Commonwealth through grants, loans and tax credits, or a combination of all three.

Location(s):
Priority locations as follows and in this order:

  1. Tier 1 (Lancaster and York)
  2. Tier 2 (Bedford, Centre, Cumberland, Franklin and Lebanon) and Tier 3 (Adams, Bradford, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Northumberland, Perry, Schuylkill, Snyder, Susquehanna and Tioga)
  3. All other counties

Application Deadline:
Applications will be accepted beginning July 1, and evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis, according to their potential to meet program criteria.

For More Information:
https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Plants_Land_Water/StateConservationCommission/Conservation_Excellence_Grant_Program/Pages/default.aspx


USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) CLEAR30 Pilot

About:
The CLEAR30 Pilot is a first-time opportunity to enroll in a 30-year CRP contract. Certain CRP water quality practices under continuous CRP contracts that are expiring on September 30, 2020 may be offered into CLEAR30. The cropland must be currently enrolled under a CRP contract in a Continuous CRP water quality practice. Certain marginal pastureland that is devoted to riparian buffers, wildlife habitat buffers, or wetland buffers is also eligible to enroll in the CLEAR30 Pilot, but also must be under a CRP contract expiring on September 30, 2020.

Location(s):
The Pilot will be focused in the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay Priority Areas. Includes cropland in Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Application Deadline:
Producers may apply for CLEAR30 from July 6 - August 21, 2020. CLEAR30 contracts will be effective October 1, 2020.

For More Information:
https://www.fsa.usda.gov/Assets/USDA-FSA-Public/usdafiles/FactSheets/crp-clear30-pilot.pdf


Agricultural Plan Reimbursement Program

About:
The program provides cost share to farmers for their Nutrient and Manure Management and Agricultural Erosion and Sediment Control Plans. These plans include site-specific best management practices that increase farm sustainability and improve local water quality. Pennsylvania state regulations require the development and implementation of these plans, and compliance with the regulations is a key component to meeting our collective Chesapeake Bay Watershed goals.

Location(s):
Counties within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed: Adams, Bedford, Berks, Blair Bradford, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Elk, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Union, Tioga, Wayne, Wyoming, and York.

Application Deadline:
Rolling deadline

For More Information:
https://www.dep.pa.gov/Business/Water/Pennsylvania%E2%80%99s%20Chesapeake%20Bay%20Program%20Office/agriculture/Pages/Funding-Programs.aspx


DCNR Buffer My Stream Program

About:
The Buffer My Stream program encourages 10,000 landowners with streams on their property to improve water quality and lessen erosion by planting native trees and shrubs along the water’s edge. Streamside tree and shrub plantings filter the runoff of pollutants from the land; control erosion; slow down runoff during heavy rains; provide privacy and shade; cool stream temperatures; and improve fish and pollinator habitat.

DCNR is committing $1.5 million to streamside buffer plantings this year. The department is leading the effort involving many partners from all levels of government and many non-profits who also plant and fund streamside buffers.

The effort is supported by a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Location(s):
Adams, Franklin, Huntingdon, Lancaster and York counties

Application Deadline:
Unknown

For More Information:
Visit the Buffer My Stream website: https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/Conservation/Water/RiparianBuffers/BufferMyStream/Pages/default.aspx. Landowners are encouraged to contact DCNR for free assistance with buffer design and funding by calling 717-705-2820 or through DCNR’s online contact form: https://expressforms.pa.gov/apps/pa/dcnr/buffer-my-stream.

USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) CLEAR30 Pilot

About:
The CLEAR30 Pilot is a first-time opportunity to enroll in a 30-year CRP contract. Certain CRP water quality practices under continuous CRP contracts that are expiring on September 30, 2020 may be offered into CLEAR30. The cropland must be currently enrolled under a CRP contract in a Continuous CRP water quality practice. Certain marginal pastureland that is devoted to riparian buffers, wildlife habitat buffers, or wetland buffers is also eligible to enroll in the CLEAR30 Pilot, but also must be under a CRP contract expiring on September 30, 2020.

Location(s):
The Pilot will be focused in the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay Priority Areas. Includes cropland in Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Application Deadline:
Producers may apply for CLEAR30 from July 6 - August 21, 2020. CLEAR30 contracts will be effective October 1, 2020.

For More Information:
https://www.fsa.usda.gov/Assets/USDA-FSA-Public/usdafiles/FactSheets/crp-clear30-pilot.pdf