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Kansas NRCS Announces Availability of Environmental Quality Incentive Program Act Now Funding

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The application cutoff period for Kansas FY 2023 EQIP Act Now initiatives in Kansas will be Friday, July 14, 2023

SALINA, KANSAS, February 10, 2023‒Jackie Byam, Acting State Conservationist, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), has announced Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) guidance for the Act Now funding.  

The application cutoff period for Kansas FY 2023 EQIP Act Now initiatives in Kansas will be Friday, July 14, 2023.

These initiatives include the Advance Soil Health Livestock Integration Initiative (ASHLI), Drought Resiliency Initiative (DRI), Urban and Non-Traditional Agriculture Initiative, Great Plains Grassland Initiative (GPGI), Northern Bobwhite Quail Initiative (NoBo), WaterSMART, National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI), Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative (LPCI), Organic Initiative, and Monarch Butterfly Initiative (MoBu).

Applications submitted prior to the cutoff will be planned, assessed, ranked, and submitted for potential funding in FY 2023.  Applications will be processed in the order received, will be preapproved based on fund availability, and if a ranking score above the threshold level has been met. 

“The Act Now funding process will allow applicants with high ranking scores to avoid the longer wait times typically associated with conservation programs and enter into EQIP contracts quickly,” said Byam.  “This will enable interested and qualified applicants to perform the needed conservation treatments as soon as they are ready, willing, and able.”

For more details on these EQIP Act Now initiatives, please contact your local USDA Service Center or visit and find the EQIP page.

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