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NRCS in N.H. Announces Amendment to Application Signup Under ACT Now

ACT Now Expanded to Include CSP, AMA Programs - Apply by April 12, 2024
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Cover crops grow on a crisp fall day at an upland New Hampshire farm. Cover cropping has been demonstrated to be a climate smart agricultural practice. (Photo by NRCS, N.H.)

The NRCS in N.H. has announced an amendment for signups under the ACT now funding authority. Find out how to fast track your conservation activity below. 

DOVER, N.H. February 13, 2024 – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in New Hampshire has announced an amendment to its Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Application Signup under ACT Now Authority to include additional programs.

     It was previously announced that the ACT Now Authority for FY 2024 would cover the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The NRCS in N.H. has amended ACT Now to expand the authority to also cover the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and the Agricultural Management (AMA) financial assistance programs.

     The NRCS in N.H. has set an expiration date for this specific funding authority of Friday April 12, 2024. All applications need to be received prior to this date and meet the established minimum threshold requirements to be considered for funding in FY 2024. Up to 100% of remaining funds may be used under the ACT Now authority.

For the second round of signups, NRCS in N.H will be utilizing the ACT Now authority to process applications in the following ranking pools: 

  • EQIP under the Inflation Reduction Act Funding (EQIP-IRA)
  • EQIP Classic-Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers (SDFR)
  • CSP Classic Ag Lands
  • CSP Classic Non-Industrial Private Forest (CSP-NIPF)
  • CSP IRA Ag Lands 
  • CSP IRA NIPF
  • AMA

     Under ACT Now applications will be processed on a rolling basis as they are received. The sooner applications are received, the sooner they can be determined for funding. 

     Only applications that exceed the minimum threshold ranking score will be processed on the accelerated Act Now timeline. The minimum threshold ranking scores for all ranking pools is 10 points.

What is ACT Now? 

     Traditionally, NRCS applications are periodically collected and ranked to compete against each other within their ranking pool. Ranking is determined by conservation impact and priorities using a point-based system with higher scoring projects funded first and moving down the ranking list until all funds are allocated, or all applications in a pool are funded. 

     Under ACT Now, NRCS has the authority to immediately preapprove and obligate a ranked application in a designated ranking pool when an eligible application meets or exceeds a State determined minimum ranking score. For this round, the threshold of 10 points has been established. The ACT Now authority allows NRCS to allocate funding to high value conservation projects as applications are received – on a rolling basis – if they meet that threshold. NRCS does not have to wait until after the established eligibility and ranking deadlines to select projects. This results in accelerated service, processing, and implementation of conservation activities.


Contact your USDA Service Center for Assistance: 

     Assistance is only a phone call away. NRCS and Farem Service Agency (FSA) staff are ready to answer your questions, work to ensure your success with USDA Farm Bill programs, and address conservation concerns on your land. 

While NRCS New Hampshire has set the official program application cutoff for EQIP ACT Now as April 12, 2024, NRCS accepts program applications year-round on a continuous basis. Cutoff dates are necessary for the agency to assess and rank applications against each other for funding, based on their potential conservation impact. 

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