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Ag Producers Interested in Conservation Should Sign-Up for Program Funding

ATTENTION AG PRODUCERS: Do you want to conserve water or address water, air, or animal waste issues? Do you want to reduce erosion, improve wildlife habitat, obtain a high tunnel system, plant diverse cover crops, implement forest management practices, or just plain improve conservation on your farm? If this sounds like you, why not sign up for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)?

EQIP is a voluntary program for those engaged in livestock, forestry, or agricultural production – including organics. It 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.

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 May 18, 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.