NRCS Announces May 10 Deadline for Conservation Agreement Proposals

DES MOINES, IA, March 11, 2021 — USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is announcing a funding opportunity for agreements that address Iowa-specific conservation issues. The proposal deadline is May 10. 

Through the Iowa Partners for Conservation (IPC) Award, successful projects will leverage NRCS resources, address local natural resource issues, encourage collaboration, and develop state- and community-level conservation leadership.

The purpose of the IPC awards will be to leverage NRCS and partner resources on proposals that address Iowa NRCS strategic goals. An emphasis will be placed on projects that:

  1. Result in Soil Health engagement in the agronomic community (private sector) with the help of conservation agronomists.
  2. Conduct on-site (field) practice certifications and follow-up with producers on conservation seeding establishment.
  3. Provide team building opportunities for NRCS staff and partners at the field level regarding Iowa NRCS’ new conservation delivery schedule. Additional information regarding the new conservation delivery schedule is available

Priority will be placed on projects that:

  1. Provide high quality technical services that help NRCS customers achieve their conservation goals.
  2. Increase adoption of conservation in Iowa.

In 2020, Iowa NRCS provided about $2.3 million through three IPC projects. This year, an estimated $3 million will be available for IPC agreements. Funding amounts can range from $75,000 to $1.5 million through 1 to 5-year agreements.

Proposals must be submitted electronically at to USDA-NRCS-IA-IPC-21-NOFO001069) by 10:59 p.m. CST on May 10, 2021.

Additional details are available

While USDA offices are currently closed to visitors because of the pandemic, Service Center staff continue to work with agricultural producers via phone, email, and other digital tools. To conduct business, please contact your local USDA Service Center. Additionally, more information related to USDA’s response and relief for producers can be found at

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