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ACT NOW - Illinois

ACT NOW Information for Illinois NRCS


ACT NOW allows NRCS to quickly approve and obligate ranked applications in a designated ranking pool when an eligible application meets or exceeds a State-determined minimum ranking score. This means no longer waiting for a ranking deadline.


Illinois NRCS will use the ACT NOW process to fund Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) applications in the EQIP-IRA Management ACT NOW ranking pool. Funding will beginning January 5, 2024 and continue through February 2, 2024 or until funds are expended. To compete in the EQIP-IRA Management ranking pool, submit an application by January 26, 2024.

Conservation Practices Offered:

  • Conservation Crop Rotation (328)
  • Cover Crop (340)
  • Nutrient Management (590)
  • Residue and Tillage Management, No Till (329)
  • Residue and Tillage Management, Reduced Till (345)

Minimum Threshold Ranking Score:

80 Points

UPDATE: All funds were used during the first funding on January 5th. Future funding deadlines will not be held.