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NRCS Announces Additional Funding Opportunity

Tolland, CT – Thomas L. Morgart, state conservationist for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Connecticut, has announced an additional funding opportunity for qualified agricultural producers in the state. Under the agency’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), funds are available for applicants under the following sub-accounts:

Limited Resource Producer:  For applicants who certify as Limited Resource according to information provided under the National Guidance for Socially Disadvantaged, Beginning, and Limited Resource Farmers/Ranchers, Veteran Farmers. Eligible conservation practices include all practices on all land uses currently offered under EQIP in Connecticut – cropland, forestland, pastureland, farmstead. Applicants who qualify under this sub-account are eligible for higher practice payment rates.

Animal Feeding Operations/Confined Animal Feeding Operations (AFO/CAFO): Existing AFO may be eligible for EQIP financial assistance for the storage, treatment, and utilization of animal waste. This is a statewide sub-account to address the water quality impacts of these operations to rivers and streams, and control soil erosion and other resource concerns. Applicants should have a Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) in order to apply for practices recommended in the plan such as heavy use area protection, waste storage facility, waste transfer, nutrient management, etc.

Cropland: For operations focused predominantly on crop production. Vegetable, nursery, orchard, greenhouse, and other specialty crop production may be eligible under this sub-account. Conservation practices may include erosion control practices, seasonal high tunnels, irrigation, and soil health practices.

Although NRCS accepts applications year-round, to be eligible for current year funding you must ensure your application is submitted to your local NRCS office by July 20, 2018.

Not sure how to begin? Visit the Getting Started section of our website, then establish records and fill out eligibility forms. NRCS staff will need to complete an assessment of resource conditions and practice feasibility prior to making a determination of program eligibility.  

To find out more about EQIP, fill out eligibility forms, or obtain an application, contact your local USDA Service Center: Danielson – (860) 779-0557; Hamden – (203) 287-8038; Norwich – (860) 887-3604; Torrington – (860) 626-8852; Windsor – (860) 688-7725.