Selected Cost-Share and Technical Assistance Programs

NRCS Conservation Security Program (CSP) is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to promote the conservation and improvement of soil, water, air, energy, plant and animal life, and other conservation purposes on Tribal and private working lands.  Working lands include cropland, grassland, prairie land, improved pasture, and range land, as well as forested land that is an incidental part of an agriculture operation.  The program is available in all 50 states, the Caribbean Area, and the Pacific basin area.  The program provides equitable access to benefits to all producers, regardless of size of operation, crops produced, or geographical location.

NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program which offers farmers and ranchers a tool to address their natural resource concern while achieving the most environmental benefits through locally developed priority areas and natural resource concerns.

Eligibility for the program is limited to persons who are engaged in livestock or agricultural production.  EQIP provides practice payment incentive to encourage producers to implement structural, vegetative, and management practices.


NRCS and Grazingland Animal Nutrition Lab (GAN Lab) at Texas A & M University.  Through an agreement with NRCS and Texas A & M, producers can have samples analyzed free of charge.  Consult your local NRCS office for details.

In recent years, the analysis of fecal samples (manure) has proven to be a useful and effective diagnostic and management tool.  By collecting and submitting a fecal sample, the lab will determine percent crude protein (CP) and percent digestible organic matter (DOM) and some other analyses.  

This information will indicate the nutritional status of the animal.  This can provide helpful information for the grazing manager.  For example, if the nutritional status of the grazing animals is deficient or on the decline, it may be time to rotate livestock to a different pasture, or supplement.


Ducks Unlimited CRP Retention Program

Landowners with expiring CRP may qualify for cost-share on fence and cow water on expired or expiring CRP acres on the Missouri Coteau.  For questions, contact Great Plains Regional Office of Ducks Unlimited in Bismarck: 701-355-3500


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

They may have a program that fits your needs. 
Contact their state office in Bismarck: 701-250-4418


NDSU Central Grasslands Research Extension Center