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Beginning and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers

Every year NRCS targets 5 percent of EQIP funding for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers (BFR) and another 5 percent to Socially Disadvantaged (SD) Farmers and Ranchers under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).  Beginning Farmers and Ranchers and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers are considered Historically Underserved Clients who may have limited access to capital, land and farming resources and traditionally low participation in USDA programs.  The Agriculture Improvement ACT of 2018 allows for special consideration of Beginning Farmers/Ranchers and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers/Ranchers.

NRCS accepts EQIP applications year round.  The application deadline to be considered for funding for Fiscal Year 2021 is January 8, 2021

EQIP is a voluntary program that provides assistance to growers and landowners who want to plan and install measures to protect the soil, water, air and other natural resources on their working land. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) administers EQIP.

Technical and Financial Assistance

Through EQIP farmers and ranchers may apply for financial assistance and technical expertise to plan and install conservation measures, such as:

  • Conservation Crop Rotation
  • Cover Crops
  • Field Borders
  • Mulching
  • Nutrient Management
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Residue Management

The documents below require Adobe Acrobat Reader.

After screening, applications are ranked using the following ranking criteria based on primary land use:

Forested

Grazed Range

Cropland/Pastureland

 NM BFR Forested
 (PDF; 10 KB)

 North Area BFR Grazed Range
 (PDF; 260 KB)

 North Area BFR Cropland
 (PDF; 258 KB)

 NM SD Forested
 (PDF; 10 KB)

 South Area BFR Grazed Range
 (PDF; 290 KB)

 South Area BFR Cropland
 (PDF; 272 KB)

 North Tribal Forest
 (PDF; 69 KB)

 North Area SD Grazed Range
 (PDF; 262 KB)

 North Area SD Cropland
 (PDF; 274 KB)

 South Tribal Forest
 (PDF; 70 KB)

 South Area SD Grazed Range
 (PDF; 261 KB)

 South Area SD Cropland
 (PDF; 262 KB)

 

 North Tribal Grazed Range
 (PDF; 69 KB)

 North Tribal Cropland
 (PDF; 70 KB)

 

 South Tribal Grazed Range
 (PDF; 72 KB)

 South Tribal Cropland
 (PDF; 62 KB)

 

Contacts

Please direct all questions about applying for EQIP to your local office.  Click here for the location of the office nearest you:  NRCS Field Offices 

For questions about State program management please contact:
Kenneth Branch

Assistant State Conservationist for Programs
100 Sun Avenue N.E., Suite 602
Albuquerque, NM 87109
(505) 761-4404 voice
(855) 538-6003 fax