The USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) provide financial and technical assistance to support conservation efforts for pollinators and other wildlife on farms. Conservation programs such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, Grasslands Reserve Program, Wetlands Reserve Program, Conservation Stewardship Program, and Conservation Reserve Program all provide support for farmers who want to establish pollinator-friendly habitat on their land.
For information on these conservation programs, contact your local NRCS, FSA, or conservation district office.
The Xerces Society and NRCS Partnership: Background
Since 2005, the Xerces Society has been honored to work closely with the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) to support pollinator conservation efforts throughout the United States. The NRCS is funded through the Federal Farm Bill to help farmers and ranchers conserve natural resources on their lands.
With support from the NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) program, Xerces has developed technical tools and demonstration sites on how to establish pollinator habitat in multiple regions of the U.S. CIG grants have also supported collaborations with university research partners to develop bee monitoring protocols and to measure how pollinator hedgerows and other conservation systems can increase populations of bees and other beneficial insects.