Farmers and landowners continue to have opportunities to apply for federal cost-share to implement conservation programs through the Farm Bill. Earlier this year, agriculture producers received an exemption from needing a System for Award Management (SAM) registration and DUNS number in order to apply for federal programs; a welcome change that helps to streamline the application process.
While conservation programs are delivered locally through Conservation Districts and local NRCS staff, the framework for the application and approval processes is decided at a state and federal level. Farmers are in need of improved processes that streamline the required paperwork and timeline in which financial and technical assistance are provided.
Implementation of conservation best management practices by farmers is critical and necessary. An overabundance of paperwork and lag time in the approval and practice implementation timeline, however, creates frustration by program participants. The Conservation Title under the 2018 Farm Bill can provide producers with access to utilize federal assistance. Additional simplification to the process could help streamline program eligibility and increase farmer participation, helping to achieve the goal of more conservation on the ground.
Emily Reinart | 517-679-5337
MFB: #83 Michigan Natural Resources Conservation Service
AFBF: #235 Conservation Reserve Program, #236 Environmental Management Systems, #237 National Conservation and Environmental Policy
System for Award Management and DUNS number exemption
AFBF Farm Bill position papers
AFBF issue paper: Cutting red tape to participate in conservation programs