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NRCS Accepting Environmental Quality Incentives Program Applications

Sign-up targeting four categories of conservation practices

Mindi Rambo, Public Affairs Specialist, 208.378.5720

BOISE, September 24, 2018 – The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Idaho has announced an early sign-up period for four categories of Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) projects. Applications may be submitted for conservation practices covered under:

  • The National On-Farm Energy Initiative,
  • The High Tunnel System Initiative,
  • Disaster Relief Funding, this includes any Grassland Reserve Program, Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program or Agricultural Land Easement Program easements that need repairs; and
  • Conservation Activity Plans.

Applications must be received by Nov. 16 to be considered for this funding cycle. Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed in subsequent funding cycles.

“Agricultural producers are always very resilient and known for rising to any challenge,” said Curtis Elke, NRCS State Conservationist for Idaho. “Recognizing that challenges are opportunities to make things better, this early sign-up period is going to enable us to help Idaho’s farmers, ranchers and private timber producers implement useful conservation practices. This will in turn allow them to be more prepared in the face of natural disasters, rising energy costs, and increasing variability in weather conditions.”

For more information on how to apply as well as eligibility requirements, stop by your local USDA service center or visit NRCS online at

About EQIP

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program helps agricultural producers complete resource conservation projects and make conservation-related management changes on their farms or ranches.  Conservation program participation is voluntary and helps private landowners and operators defray the costs of installing conservation practices.


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