The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers and forest land owners to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, reduced soil erosion and sedimentation or improved or created wildlife habitat.
May 15th is the next EQIP cut-off date. All eligible and complete EQIP applications -- for any conservation practice available under EQIP -- received by that date will be evaluated and ranked for available funding. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis and considered for funding in set ranking periods.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is now accepting applications for its new Agricultural Conservation Easements Program (ACEP). Created through the 2014 Farm Bill, ACEP funds easements for agricultural lands and wetland reserves.