Farmers and landowners in Arkansas have until Nov. 2, 2018, to submit applications to receive financial assistance to implement conservation activities through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for the 2019 program year. Applicants can sign up at their local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service field service center.
A Nov. 2, 2018, deadline is set for:
Conservation Activity Plans
High Tunnel Systems
National Organic Initiative
National On-Farm Energy Initiative
Working Lands for Wildlife (available in Ashley, Baxter, Benton, Carroll, Drew, Faulkner, Fulton, Hempstead, Logan, Marion, Nevada, Newton, Pulaski, Randolph, Searcy, Sebastian, Sharp, St. Francis, Stone and Yell counties)
Buffalo Slough-Cache River National Water Quality Initiative (portions of Greene and Lawrence counties)
StrikeForce Keeping it in the Family (Columbia, Hempstead, Howard, Little River, Nevada, Ouachita and Union counties)
Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watershed Initiative
Caney Creek (portion of Cross County)
Middle Strawberry (portion of Sharp County)
Upper Bay Macon (portions of Desha and Lincoln counties)
Cache Willow/Podo (portions of Craighead, Jackson and Lawrence counties)
Tupelo Bay Beaverdam (portion of Faulkner County)
Individuals and other entities actively engaged in agricultural production are eligible to participate in EQIP. EQIP offers a continuous application sign-up. However, to be considered for funding under the 1st batch period, sign-up applications must be received by Nov. 2. An application deadline for other EQIP inititiaves, will be announced soon.
All applications will be evaluated for funding based on a state and nationally developed procedure 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.