Farm Bill Conservation Programs

Helping to Deliver Conservation on Private Lands through the Farm Bill

The conservation provisions of the Farm Bill provide billions of dollars a year for voluntary conservation of soil, water and wildlife habitat on private lands through delivery of financial and technical assistance to our nation’s farmers, ranchers, and non-industrial forest landowners.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service coordinates with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide technical assistance in the development, implementation and evaluation of Farm Bill conservation programs and initiatives to meet shared conservation goals.

The Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program and Coastal Program leverage the resources available through Farm Bill conservation programs to expand the conservation footprint and help landowners adopt land use practices that serve their needs while benefiting fish and wildlife.

Basic Elements of Farm Bill Conservation Programs:

  • All programs are voluntary
  • Programs include conservation of soil, water, and fish and wildlife habitat as a program purpose or program benefit
  • Programs are implemented through partnerships with private and tribal landowners who receive financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices
  • Programs are competitive; ranking criteria target available funding to lands providing the most environmental benefit

More Information

Download the USFWS's Farm Bill Brochure

Download the USDA's Farmers’ Guide to 2018 USDA Farm Bill Programs

Read about the Farm BilL Conservation program & Coastal Program 


  • USFWS Farm Conservation Programs Coordinator: Dave Walker,, 703-358-2310
  • USFWS Liaison to the Natural Resources Conservation Service: Rick Gooch,, 571-329-2222


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