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The Center for Rural Affairs believes that conservation is vital to the future of our rural communities and family farms. In addition to conserving valuable natural resources, such as water and soil, conservation practices implemented by producers offer risk management and economic benefits, particularly in the face of a changing climate.

Working lands programs

The Center advocates at the federal level for two of our country’s most important working lands programs—the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). These programs, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), provide financial and technical assistance for farmers and ranchers to address natural resource concerns on their operations while maintaining agricultural production. 

To learn more about these programs, download our fact sheets. You can also contact your local NRCS office using this online tool.