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North Dakota NRCS Announces Application Deadline for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Special Initiatives – Honey Bee Pollinator (HBP), National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI), and High Tunnel Systems

Applications due by Friday, November 2, 2018
 

BISMARCK, ND, October 15, 2018 – North Dakota State Conservationist, Mary Podoll, announced FY2019 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) applications for the special initiatives Honey Bee Pollinator, National Water Quality, and High Tunnel Systems are due by Friday, November 2, 2018. All applications submitted by close of business will be considered for funding in fiscal year 2019.

EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial assistance to help plan and implement conservation practices based on identified natural resource concerns, such as soil quality, water quality, water quantity, air quality, habitat quality, and energy.

HIGH TUNNEL SYSTEMS
Through the EQIP Seasonal High Tunnel System for Crops, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will assist producers to extend the growing season for high value crops in an environmentally safe manner.  This practice has the potential to assist producers in addressing a resource concern by improving plant quality, improving soil quality, and reducing nutrient and pesticide transport.

HONEY BEE POLLINATOR (HBP)
Through the Honey Bee Pollinator Initiative, NRCS is working with producers to combat future decline of pollinators by helping them implement conservation practices that provide forage for honey bees while enhancing habitat for other pollinators and wildlife and improving the quality of water, air, and soil. 

NATIONAL WATER QUALITY INITIATIVE (NWQI)
Through the National Water Quality Initiative, NRCS works with producers in targeted watersheds to implement conservation practices that prevent runoff of sediment and nutrients, which can degrade water quality.  In North Dakota, a total of six watersheds are eligible for NWQI funding.  Financial and technical assistance will be made available to eligible farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners in Grant, Foster, and Eddy counties residing within the watersheds.

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis; however, applications must be submitted by close of business on November 2, 2018, to be considered for fiscal year 2019 funding.

To find out more about EQIP or to complete an application, please visit your local NRCS service center or visit our website at www.nd.nrcs.usda.gov/programs.

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