Linking New & Underserved Farmers with Conservation Resources
This new project amplifies outreach of conservation programs and resources to historically underserved farmers in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Through workshops, field days, webinars, and personal connections, Conservation Connections taps into a team of seasoned and experienced farmers serving as Connectors, linking underserved farmers to resources within the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Historically underserved farmer groups include African Americans, Asian, Latino, Indigenous, veterans and beginning farmers.
Conservation Connections is led by Renewing the Countryside in partnership with the Sustainable Farming Association.
Factsheet with resources to help prepare for your Farm Service Agency visit
Produced in collaboration with
Pictured: Robert Pierce, farmer at Half the 40 Acres in Fitchburg, Wisconsin and 2022 field day host
NRCS Conservation Connections:
A Beginning Vegetable Farmers Guide to Conservation Support and Funding through EQIP
Are you a new farmer raising vegetables and interested in accessing resources to create a more successful farm business while benefiting the land? Join us for an informational introductory webinar on support from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through funding opportunities through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) that offer support for about 200 practices, including high tunnels, cold storage and more. Farmers will share their NRCS program experience along with next steps to connect with resources to support you to be ready to apply.
Using CSP to enhance conservation on grazing farms in Wisconsin
3/10/21 Webinar Recording:
A Beginning Farmers Guide to Conservation Support,
Funding & Resources in Minnesota & Wisconsin
Are you a new farmer interested in accessing resources to create a more successful farm business while benefiting the land? Join us for an informational introductory webinar on support from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) including funding opportunities such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQUIP) and Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).
Two options available, based on if you live in Minnesota or Wisconsin, with area farmers sharing their NRCS program experience along with next steps to connect with resources in your state.
|Webinar Slides Only / PDF
Emerging Farmers Conference
Outreach Coordinator Team
Big River Farms
Prairie Smoke Gardens
Renewing the Countryside
Sustainable Farming Association
The Good Acre
Doubting Thomas Farm
Simple Harvest Farm Organics
Cedar Crate Farm
Holm Girls Dairy
Brattsett Family Farm
Renewing the Countryside
Half the 40 Acres
Minnesota & Wisconsin State Directories
These links provide MN and WI directories (by administrative area & offices) and an office list (by county & office). There are also maps available on this link showing administrative areas and customers service teams for each state.