Skip Navigation

News Release

NRCS Announces 2021 Deadlines for Conservation Assistance Funding

Amy Robertson

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Louisiana has announced the first pool application deadline of November 20, 2020 for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).  

EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers. Technical assistance is provided without a fee from NRCS specialists to help landowners and land managers plan and implement conservation practices to help them meet their land management goals, address natural resource concerns and improve soil, water, plant, animal, air, and related resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland.

In addition, sign-up is now underway for the Ducks Unlimited (DU) Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) EQIP project “Improving Water Quality using Practice 590 Nutrient Management".  This project, created through a Ducks Unlimited-USA Rice partnership, has a goal of signing up 15,000 acres with $560,000 available for contracts. Rice producers interested in precision nutrient applications, are encouraged to apply by November 20, 2020. For more information on this RCPP-EQIP project you can apply at your local NRCS field office or call Kyle Soileau, Ducks Unlimited Rice Stewardship Coordinator at (337) 322-4565.

Although applications are taken year-round for NRCS programs, deadlines are announced to rank and fund eligible conservation projects. Producers interested in signing up for EQIP should submit applications to their local USDA service center. If already a USDA client, a producer can submit applications online at

For additional information visit the NRCS Louisiana website at . Producers interested in EQIP should contact their local USDA service center.