Partner Agency Programs 

USDA - NRCS Programs

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has a long history of helping people help the land.  For 80 years, NRCS has been working in partnerships with farmers and ranchers, local and state governments, and other federal agencies.  They maintain healthy and productive working landscapes.

Kootenai Shoshone Soil & Water Conservation District is linked with the NRCS to provide effective conservation assistance at the local level to farmers and ranchers. Conservation programs managed by the Idaho NRCS can typically be categorized as either financial assistance or technical assistance.



                         Programs



Conservation Innovation Grant:

The Conservation Innovation Grant program (CIG) is a voluntary program intended to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies for agriculture production. CIG promotes sharing of skills, knowledge, technologies, and facilities among communities, governments, and other institutions to ensure that scientific and technological developments are accessible to a wider range of users.  Non-Federal or non-governmental organizations, Tribes or individuals.


Conservation Stewardship Program:

The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) pays participants for conservation performance.  The program encourages agricultural and forestry producers to address resource concerns by improving and maintaining existing conservation activities and undertaking additional conservation activities. CSP is available to all producers regardless of operation size or crop produced.  Eligible lands include cropland, hay land, pastureland, rangeland, nonindustrial private forest lands, and agricultural lands under the jurisdiction of an Indian tribe. Participation in the program is voluntary.


Environmental Quality Incentives Program:

The Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) is a voluntary program that provides financial aid and technical assistance to agricultural producers through contracts up to a maximum term of 10 years in length.  These contracts provide financial assistance to help plan and implement conservation practices that address natural resource concerns and for opportunities to improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland.  In addition, a purpose of EQIP is to help producers meet Federal, State, Tribal and local environmental regulations.


NRCS can be reached in person at 7830 Meadowlark Way Suite C-1, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815 or you can reach one of the Soil Conservationists at:



Brad Shelton - Soil Conservationist (208) 209-4354 Email: bradley.shelton@usda.gov

Andrea Burton - Soil Conservationist (208) 209-4356 Email: andrea.burton@usda.gov

Emily Corisis - Resource Conservationist (208) 209-4372 Email: emily.corisis@usda.gov

You can also click on the link for more information: 
Local Service Centers | NRCS Idaho (usda.gov)