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NRCS Announces 2024 RCPP Application Cutoff Date for the Lake Decatur Water Quality Initiative

     CHAMPAIGN, February 15, 2024 – State Conservationist Tammy Willis announced that the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will offer Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) funding for the Lake Decatur Water Quality initiative throughout the Lake Decatur watershed. Illinois NRCS has partnered with The City of Decatur to help producers address resource concerns such as erosion on farmland and protecting terrestrial habitat.

     Landowners can apply for assistance through RCPP to implement practices such as cover crop, field border, and nutrient management. The project focus is to improve water quality and increase terrestrial habitat in the Lake Decatur watershed which is in portions of the following 7 counties: Champaign, DeWitt, Ford, Macon, McLean, Piatt, and Shelby.

       NRCS financial assistance will be available to Illinois producers with land in the above-mentioned watershed. While applications are accepted throughout the year, interested producers should submit by March 29, 2024 a signed application (NRCS-CPA-1200 form) to the local NRCS field office, or through the  website using their account, to ensure their applications are considered for 2024 funding.

     A blank NRCS-CPA-1200 application form may be obtained from the local office or on the Illinois NRCS website. Producers wishing to use, can sign in or create an account by clicking on “Sign up” in the upper right of the website.

     For additional information and to determine program eligibility, producers should contact their local NRCS field office or visit the Illinois NRCS website at

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