There are various State and Federal Programs available to landowners through the USDA-NRCS and Carroll County SWCD. Some of the practices of these programs assist with cross fencing, pipeline, watering tanks, erosion, wildlife habitat, and water quality.

Agricultural Resources Conservation Program (ARCF)

The ARCF Program provides cost-share assistance to Tennessee landowners to install Best Managemnet Practices that reduce agricultural water pollution. This assistance is facilitated primarily through Soil and Water Conservation Districts although Resources Conservation and Development Councils, universitites and other agricultural association may participant.

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Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

The Conservation Stewardship Program helps agricultural producers maintain and improve their existing conservation systems and adopt additional conservation activities to address priority resources concerns. Participants earn CSP payments for conservaton performance-the higher the performance, the higher the payment. 

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Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers in order to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, reduced soil erosion and sedimentation or improved or created wildlife habitat. USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service offers voluntary Farm Bill conservation programs that benefit agricultural producers and the environment. 

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Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)

The conservation Reserve Program provides technical and financial assistance to eligible farmers and ranchers to address soil, water and related natural resources concerns on their lands in an environmentally beneficial and cost-effective manner. The program provides assistance to farmers and ranchers in complying with Federal, State and tribal environmental laws, and encourages environmental enhancement. CRP is administered by the Farm Service Agency, with NRCS providing technical land eligibility determinations, conservation planning.

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