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Conservation Assistance

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In partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Resource Conservation Service, the soils unit helps facilitate cost-sharing and technical assistance for private landowners in Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte County. The conservation practices, enhancements, and technical requirements help reduce runoff of nutrients, water usage, and waste and contribute to increases in profitability, sustainability, and efficiency.

If any of the below programs are of interest please contact us at (941)907-0011 or via email at Israel.Vega-Marrero@fl.usda.gov.

Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA)- The CTA Program provides land users with proven conservation technology and the delivery system needed to achieve the benefits of a healthy and productive landscape.

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)- The 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.

Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)- Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) helps build on your existing conservation efforts while strengthening an operation.  Whether you are looking to improve grazing conditions, increase crop yields, or develop wildlife habitat, a custom designed CSP plan can help you meet those goals.

Longleaf Pine Initiative- NRCS works with agricultural producers and conservation partners to restore longleaf forests through the Longleaf Pine Initiative (LLPI), which was launched in 2010. From 2010 to 2014, NRCS has helped producers restore more than 260,000 acres on private land in the Southeastern United States. Together with other conservation efforts, the amount of healthy longleaf forests has grown from 3 million acres to more than 4 million acres during that time period, reversing a century-long decline across the region.

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RESOURCES

- Stormwater Ponds

- MRSWCD Budget

- Annual Report

- Calendar of Events

- FL NRCS

- EQIP Flyer

- Web Soil Survey

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