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Kentucky NRCS Offers Expanded Conservation Program Opportunities in 2022

Kentucky NRCS Offers Expanded Conservation Program Opportunities in 2022

LEXINGTON, Jan. 11, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is announcing several new and expanded opportunities for climate-smart agriculture in 2022. Updates include nationwide availability of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Conservation Incentive Contracts option.

These improvements to NRCS’ working lands conservation programs, combined with continued program opportunities in Kentucky, are part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s broader effort to support climate-smart agriculture. 

EQIP Conservation Incentive Contracts

Conservation Incentive Contracts address priority resource concerns, including sequestering carbon and improving soil health in high-priority areas. Through these contracts, NRCS works with producers to strengthen the quality and condition of natural resources on their operations using management practices, such as irrigation water management, drainage water management, feed management and residue and tillage management that target resource concerns, including degraded soil and water quality, available water and soil erosion.

Conservation Incentive Contracts offer producers annual incentive payments to implement management practices as well as conservation evaluation and monitoring activities to help manage, maintain, and improve priority natural resource concerns within state high-priority areas and build on existing conservation efforts.

For Fiscal Year 2022, Kentucky will offer EQIP-CIC Statewide to focus on improving soil health on cropland and to improve and expand terrestrial habitat on grazing lands.  More information on conservation practices offered through EQIP-CIC and ranking criteria can be viewed on the Kentucky NRCS website. 

How to Apply

NRCS accepts applications for conservation programs – including EQIP and EQIP-CIC – year-round, however producers and landowners should apply by state-specific signup dates to be considered for each year’s funding. That includes February 11, 2022 for EQIP Conservation Incentive Contracts. To apply, producers should contact their local USDA Service Center.

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