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Opportunity to Apply for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Amy Robertson, (318) 473-7762

Alexandria, Louisiana – September 20, 2017USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for financial assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP​). This program provides farmers, ranchers and forest landowners an opportunity to improve conservation on their land while at the same time, strengthening and improving production. 

EQIP​ applications are accepted year-round, however, there are specific times that applications need to be submitted for evaluation, ranking and approval of eligible applications. Those interested in participating in EQIP​ should visit their local NRCS office to apply by October 20, 2017.

There are numerous benefits that participants will realize through EQIP​ including: improving water and air quality, building healthy soil, improving grazing and forest lands, conserving energy, enhancing organic operations, improving wildlife habitat and much more.

In addition to general EQIP​, the October 20th application period also applies to many special initiatives such as the National Water Quality Initiative, Mississippi River Basin Initiative, Beginning Farmer & Rancher and Socially Disadvantaged Farmer & Rancher, Longleaf Pine Initiative, Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative and Organic & High Tunnel initiatives.

Participants are encouraged to visit their local NRCS office to learn more about EQIP​ and how to apply. For more information on the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, visit the NRCS EQIP webpage or your local NRCS office


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