The District works cooperatively with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to deliver conservation programs to Shiawassee County residents. Farm Bill conservation programs provide assistance to landowners and agricultural producers in order to better conserve natural resources on private and public land. The Shiawassee Conservation District is the local link to Farm Bill conservation funding, providing technical assistance and conservation planning to protect our natural resources.
More than $1.4 million will be spent in Shiawassee County to address natural resource concerns through contracts approved in fiscal year 2012.
The following are programs that the Shiawassee Conservation District can assist with.
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
Offers financial and technical assistance to producers with installing or implementing conservation practices to protect water, air and soil quality, as well as wildlife habitat.
Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP)
Assists landowners in developing and improving wildlife habitat, primarily on private land, by offering financial and technical assistance.
Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP)
A voluntary, non-regulatory, incentive-based program that helps private landowners and farmers protect and restore wetlands on their property.
Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
Financially rewards producers who use environmentally sound practices in their farming operations.
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)
Offers financial incentives for installing specific conservation practices that address erosion, restore wildlife habitat and protect ground and surface water. Continuous CRP (CCRP), State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE), and the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) are components of CRP.
Examples of practices implemented in Shiawassee County