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USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Accepting EQIP Applications through March 01, 2023, for Arkansas Water Quality Project

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LITTLE ROCK, January 31, 2023 – 

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is investing in funding for landscape-level water quality efforts in the Brush Creek-Roberts Creek National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) project area, located in northwest Arkansas.

The Brush Creek-Roberts Creek NWQI project area covers portions of Madison County and Washington County. NRCS accepts program applications on a continuous basis but sets dates to plan and rank applications as funding allows. Farmers and landowners in Arkansas who submit applications to their local NRCS office by March 1, 2023, will be considered for this round of funding. Applications received after March 1 will be considered in later funding periods in General Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)categories, subject to funding availability.

“We have learned that when we work with producers and partner to install conservation practices within critical watersheds, we see a positive impact,” said NRCS State Conservationist in Arkansas Mike Sullivan. “Through these partnerships, we accelerate and maximize the delivery of our conservation efforts which yields greater results to water quality and benefits the public, our natural resources and farmers’ bottom lines.”

NRCS has strengthened its focus on watershed assessment and partner engagement in selecting priority small watersheds in recent years. Partners are encouraged to work with Arkansas NRCS for new project area interests.  

All applications will be evaluated for funding based on local, state and nationally developed criteria to optimize environmental benefits. Applications ranking highest in a funding category will be funded according to priority and is subject to availability of program funds.

For more information, visit or contact the local your local USDA Service Center.​

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