NRCS holding signup for RCPP in the Big Sioux Watershed

Natural Resources Conservation Service
Farm Forum

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in South Dakota is holding a state-level signup for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) with the area of consideration in the Big Sioux Watershed. This area includes portions of Hamlin, Deuel, Brookings, Lake, Moody, McCook, Minnehaha, Lincoln, and Union Counties.

The batching date is March 16. Landowners and producers are encouraged to visit the NRCS office at their local USDA Service Center to find out more information and register early.

This program provides a new approach to conservation, said Jennifer Wurtz, Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) program coordinator for the NRCS in South Dakota. “The RCPP offers a unique opportunity to harness innovation and welcome new partners into the conservation mission. The program partners are in the driver’s seat, allowing them to find creative solutions to the conservation issues in their areas.”

The RCPP provides a way for private companies, Tribes, local communities, and non-government partners to collaborate and invest in cleaner water and air, healthier soil, and enhanced wildlife habitat. It will enable USDA to partner with third parties or work directly with producers in watersheds and other critical conservation areas to leverage private sector funding to maximize conservation investments.

To learn about technical and financial assistance available through conservation programs, visit or local USDA service center.