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NRCS Announces Application Deadline for EQIP Sign-Ups

Mindi Rambo, Public Affairs Specialist, 208.378.5720

BOISE, Idaho, October 30, 2020 –The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Idaho has a December 4, 2020, application deadline for Fiscal Year 2021 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) projects.

“We encourage any producers who experienced losses due to this season’s wildfires to contact their local offices and talk with our staff about how EQIP could help them,” said Lori Kassib, the Assistant State Conservationist for Programs for NRCS Idaho. “Early start waivers may also be available to those whose situations require that they start implementing conservation practices soon in order to avert more damage to their operation.”

Applications for EQIP are accepted on a continuous basis, however, only the applications received by December 4, 2020 will be considered for funding during this particular cycle. Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed in subsequent cycles.

EQIP 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.

“We value Idaho’s farmers, ranchers and private timber producers and one way we can help them is through EQIP,” said Curtis Elke, NRCS State Conservationist for Idaho. “But, it is not the only way we can help. We offer technical assistance and conservation planning as well as financial aid. So, if you haven’t been in to see us before or have worked with us in the past, I encourage you to talk with us and learn more about what we have to offer.”

For more information on these programs as well as eligibility requirements, contact your local USDA service center or visit NRCS online at


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