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NRCS Announces Sign-Up for FY2020 Conservation Program Funds

Are you an agricultural producer looking for ways to conserve water, or address water, air, or animal waste issues? Maybe you are looking to reduce erosion, improve wildlife habitat, or obtain a seasonal high tunnel? Or maybe you just want to improve overall conservation on your farming operation. If so, why not find out if you’re eligible for technical and/or financial assistance through the conservation programs of the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service?

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary program for those engaged in livestock, forestry, or agricultural production – including organics. EQIP offers financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices on eligible agricultural land. It also provides payments for implementing practices that have a positive environmental impact, while protecting long-term 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 and technical assistance to agricultural producers to voluntarily address issues such as water management, water quality, and erosion control by incorporating conservation into farming operations.

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 March 13, 2020.

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, fill out eligibility forms, or obtain an application, contact your local USDA Service Center.