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Step by Step Guide to Apply for NRCS Conservation Programs

The first step in applying for one of our conservation programs is to determine which category you want to apply under. The application process varies a bit based on your category as an applicant, an individual, or an entity. Below are a few terms and definitions that might be helpful in the application process.

  • Applicant – the eligible individual or entity that completes the application paperwork for federal farm program assistance and identifies land to be enrolled in the program. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) identification number used by the applicant will be used to generate any IRS-1099’s for the contract. The IRS identification number could be an employee identification number (EIN) or social security number (SSN).
  • Individual – any individual who controls the enrolled land and uses their personal social security number (SSN) to apply for conservation program assistance.
  • Entity – any partnership, joint venture, corporation (limited liability or other), estate, trust, non-profit association or group, or unit of state or local government that controls the enrolled land and uses an employee identification number (EIN) or social security number (SSN) to apply for conservation program assistance.
Instructions for conservation program application by type of applicant.
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