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USDA Announces Funding for the Kansas Cheney Lake Project

Cheney Lake Project AreaSALINA, KANSAS, March 15, 2021‒U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced that eligible producers can receive Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funding through the Cheney Lake Project.  This EQIP Initiative provides opportunity for producers to receive financial assistance to implement conservation practices that integrate livestock grazing into cropping systems that address soil health and water quality resource concerns on cropland in the Cheney Lake watershed.

Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis.  The Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 application evaluation period cut-off date for the Cheney Lake Project is Friday, April 16, 2021.  Eligible applications submitted prior to the cut-off will be assessed, ranked, and funded in ranking score order.  Applications received after the evaluation period cut-off date will not be considered for funding in FY 2021.

“The Cheney Lake Project offers producers a unique opportunity to incorporate grazing of cropland in association with implementation of conservation practices having impact on soil and water quality benefits in the Cheney Lake watershed,” said Monty R. Breneman, Acting State Conservationist.  “This locally-led project will have far reaching impacts on one of our State’s largest public water supplies.”

USDA Service Centers are open for business by phone appointment only, and field work will continue with appropriate social distancing.  All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business are required to call their local Service Center to schedule a phone appointment.  More information can be found at

It is important that applicants provide accurate records of ownership to USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA).  This FY, all landowners are required to file a CCC-902, Farm Operating Plan, along with adjusted gross income and conservation compliance forms.  Application information is available at your local USDA Service Center.  More information is also available at Kansas NRCS.

To learn more about CSP or other technical and financial assistance available through NRCS conservation programs, visit Get Started with NRCS or contact your local USDA Service Center.

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