Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)


  • Administered by Carroll County Natural Resource
    Conservation Service (NRCS)

  • Operators can receive annual payments for maintaining
    a comprehensive level of conservation stewardship on
    their entire agricultural operation.

  • Participants must be willing to perform at least one
    additional enhancement activity over the course of their
    5 year contract.

  • Payment levels vary based on the level of conservation
    stewardship demonstrated as well as the new
    enhancement(s) chosen.

  • For more information:  Contact our office or visit http://www.il.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/csp/index.html

Financial Assistance

Streambank Stabilization Restoration Program (SSRP)


  • Administered by the Carroll County SWCD
  • Protect your land from erosion caused by anything from a small stream to river.  We can help prevent erosion from down cutting and cut banks in order to return your stream or river to a naturally stable state.
  • Funds provided through the Illinois Dept. of Agriculture Provides up to 75% cost-share to install streambank protection measures.
  • Protection measures may include:  peaked stone toe protection, bendway wiers, willow-posts, rock veins, rock sill, & rock riffle
  • For more information:  Contact the SWCD Office.

There are several programs available that offer financial assistance to landowners and/or operators in the form of cost-share or annual payments to implement and/or maintain conservation practices on your land.  This list below offers a brief summary of some of these programs as well as provides a link for you to research each program more thoroughly if you choose.  If you have any questions or are interested in enrolling in one of the following programs, please follow the links provided or contact our office.


Landowner Guide to Constructing Conservation Practices


  • NRCS flyer with information about each of the steps in the construction process for Conservation Practices such as Grassed Waterways, Grade Stabilization Structures, Waste Storage and Associated Practices, and Buffer Strips.

Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)


  • Administered by Carroll County Farm Service Agency (FSA)
  • Requires producer to idle cropland for 10-15 years.
  • Annual rental payments for installation and maintenance of various conservation practices.
  • Practices available on a continuous basis:  waterways, filter strips, contour buffer strips, windbreaks, tree planting along creeks, wetland development, & prairie grass field borders.
  • Practices available only during a periodic general sign-up:  grass planting, tree planting, wildlife habitat establishment, or combinations of these practices.
  • For more information: visit http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=home&subject=copr&topic=crp

Conservation Practices Program (CPP)


  • Administered by the Carroll County SWCD
  • Funds provided through the Illinois Dept. of Agriculture
  • Provides 60% cost-share to install or implement various conservation practices
  • Practices available:  terraces, waterways, grade stabilization structures, contours, no-till, nutrient management planning, sealing abandoned wells, etc.
  • For more information: Contact the SWCD Office

Conservation Practices Program (CPP)


  • Administered by the Carroll County SWCD
  • Funds provided through the Illinois Dept. of Agriculture.
  • Provides 60% cost-share to install or implement various conservation practices.
  • Practices available:  terraces, waterways, grade stabilization structures, contours, no-till, nutrient management planning, sealing abandoned wells, etc.
  • For more information: Contact the SWCD Office.

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Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP)


  • Administered by Carroll County Natural Resource
    Conservation Service (NRCS)

  • Financial assistance available for the installation of
    structural conservation practices, implementation of
    management techniques, and conservation activity plan
    development.

  • Structural conservation practices may include:  animal
    waste treatment and storage options (including rigid
    roof structures), waterways, terraces, forest management
    activities, pasture fencing and watering systems.

  • Management techniques may include:  nutrient management, no-till planting, prescribed grazing, etc.
  • Conservation activity plan development may include:  forest management plans, comprehensive nutrient management plan (CNMP), grazing management plans, irrigation water management plans, etc.
  • For more information:  Contact our office or visit http://www.il.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/eqip/index.html