Another Chance to Sign-Up for FY2017 Conservation Programs
Tolland, CT – Thomas L. Morgart, State Conservationist for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Connecticut, has announced a third sign-up for funding for the agency’s FY2017 conservation programs.
Agricultural producers wanting to conserve water or address water, air, or animal waste issues; reduce erosion; improve wildlife habitat; obtain a seasonal high tunnel; or just plain improve conservation on their farming operation should consider submitting their application to receive financial assistance. Interested? Begin by filling out eligibility forms. Once you qualify, ensure your application is submitted to your local NRCS office by March 17, 2017.
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program for those engaged in livestock, forestry, or agricultural production – including organics. The program offers financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices on eligible agricultural land, and provides payments for implementing conservation practices that have a positive environmental impact, while protecting long-term agricultural production and sustainability. Eligible crop production includes—but is not limited to—field-grown ornamentals, fruits, orchards, plant materials in greenhouses, row crops, vegetables, and vineyards.
The Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Program provides financial assistance to help manage risk and solve natural resource issues through conservation, as well as for seasonal high tunnels.
Although NRCS accepts applications for EQIP and AMA year round, to be considered for funding during this ranking period, applications must be received by March 17, 2017. Applications received after that will be accepted and considered, if funds are still available.
To find out more about EQIP, or fill out eligibility forms, or obtain an application, contact your local USDA Service Center, or visit the Getting Started section of our website.