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2736 NC Highway 210
Smithfield, NC 27577
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2736 NC Highway 210
Smithfield, NC 27577
Phone: 919-934-7156 ext: 3
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Conservation Programs for Agricultural Producers

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
4407 Bland Road, Ste 117
Raleigh NC, 27609
Phone: 919.873.2100


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SUBJECT- Conservation Planning a Key Factor in receiving Financial Assistance Through Farm Bill ConServation Programs

Johnston County, NC – Now is the time to contact your local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Field Office to develop a conservation plan.  All landowners interested in Farm Bill conservation programs administered by NRCS must have an active conservation plan so that their applications for programs can be considered when funding is made available.

A conservation plan is a voluntary technical tool that helps landowners identify conservation measures that provide the greatest conservation benefits on the land. Landowners will work with a conservation planner to develop the plan based on the landowner’s operational goals. Together, they will decide the best ways to improve the productivity, sustainability and profitability of the operation based on the landowner’s objectives. The conservation plan will serve as a roadmap to a variety of technical and financial assistance and options available to the landowner.

“We’re getting back to our roots with conservation planning,” said JB Martin Jr., North Carolina State Conservationist. “Conservation planning is the vital first step in understanding natural resources on your land, and also understanding how technical and financial conservation assistance can be incorporated into your operation to help you help the land.”

Financial assistance through Farm Bill conservation programs can be made available at anytime.  To ensure that your application for programs such as Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) can be considered for future funding availability, schedule an appointment today to talk to your local NRCS Field Office about developing a conservation plan.

For more information on NRCS, Conservation Planning and Farm Bill programs visit the Johnston County Field Office at the Johnston County Agricultural Center located at 2736 NC Highway 210, Smithfield, NC 27577 or call us at 919.934.7156 ext 3. You can also visit us on the Web at