2014 Farm Bill Field Guide

Partnerships & Resources

Photo by Larry Kruckenberg.
The 2014 Farm Bill’s partnership programs leverage federal Farm Bill dollars with funding from a broad range of partners to maximize the effectiveness of conservation efforts. Download this section.

The 2014 Farm Bill recognizes the potential of partnerships to drive successful private land conservation efforts. The 2014 Farm Bill’s partnership programs leverage federal Farm Bill dollars with funding from a broad range of partners to maximize the effectiveness of conservation efforts.

The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) is a new program that consolidates the authorities from four former conservation programs – the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative, the Agricultural Water Enhancement Program, the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Program, and the Great Lakes Basin Program. It also directs a percentage of funding from other working lands and easement programs toward these partnership efforts. RCPP is intended to leverage work and funding from partners across the country to maximize conservation impacts at the regional or watershed scale.

Private lands can provide outstanding hunting and fishing opportunities – but often these lands aren’t available to the public. To encourage private landowners to allow public access, many states have developed walk-in access programs that provide payments, habitat enhancements, or other assistance to landowners that allow access. The 2014 Farm Bill reauthorized the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentives Program, to support these state efforts – an investment that is paying dividends as states offer more recreational access.