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Second Sign-Up Period for FY2021 Environmental Quality Incentives Program Announ

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced a second sign-up period for the FY2021 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for producers wanting to improve their conservation efforts on their farming operation. Does that sound like you? Then why not find out if you’re eligible for financial assistance. 

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.

Although NRCS accepts EQIP applications year-round, to be eligible for current year funding you must ensure your application is submitted to your local NRCS office by February 19, 2021. Due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic, our offices are not currently open to the public. However, we can assist you remotely. Please call your local USDA Service Center (listed below) for assistance.

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: Danielson – (860) 779-0557; Hamden – (203) 287-8038; Norwich – (860) 887-3604; Torrington – (860) 626-8852; Windsor – (860) 688-7725.