Newport and Bristol Counties
Eastern RI Conservation District
Sara Churgin, District Manager
For information about the USDA NRCS Farm Bill Conservation Programs, state programs such as the Farm, Forest, and Open Space Tax Program, and more, contact the Conservation District serving your county. We can help you better understand the application process, determine which conservation practices can help to address the resource concerns you may want to address on your property, and how we can help you. Please reach out to us any time and we can walk you through program options and the application process.
Kent and Washington Counties
Southern RI Conservation District
Gina Fuller, District Manager
Northern RI Conservation District
Kate Sayles, Agriculture and Forestry Manager
Call Us: +1.4019340840
Rhode Island’s Conservation Districts and USDA NRCS are operating during normal business hours and continue to offer technical and financial assistance to agricultural producers, urban growers, and forest owners via a variety of programs. The Districts and USDA NRCS RI have been tele-working since mid-March and observing all currently recommended health and safety precautions to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The Rhode Division of Agriculture all of our state and local partners in agriculture are working daily to ensure you are able to continue to operate Rhode Island’s food system.
The Conservation Districts continue to support the producers of Rhode Island and our partners at USDA-NRCS to keep our essential food system running in these difficult times. District staff can assist you over the phone, via email, or by appointment, if necessary. They can help you to learn more about available programs, provide technical assistance to address a resource concern, or walk you through the application process and forms.
Now is a great time to access USDA NRCS funds to develop a farm conservation plan, forest management plan, or to implement a conservation practice. Have you been thinking about increasing your crop production by improving soil health, planting cover crops, or adding a season high tunnel? Contact us and let us help you achieve your conservation goals by accessing federal Farm Bill conservation programs and resources.
Working directly with USDA NRCS? USDA Service Centers are open for business by phone appointment only.