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NRCS, N.H. Announces Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Environmental Quality Incentives Program – Conservation Incentives Contracts (EQIP-CIC) Application and Ranking Dates

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DOVER, N.H., December 20, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in New Hampshire has established the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Environmental Quality Incentives Program – Conservation Incentives Contracts (EQIP-CIC) application and batching dates:

                    The application date for FY 2022 consideration is:  January 28, 2022
                    The ranking batching date for FY 2022 funding is: April 1, 2022

     Applications for the EQIP-CIC may be submitted at any time year-round, but only eligible applications submitted by January 28th will be considered for funding in the announced ranking batch on April 1st.
     Landowners interested in protecting, conserving, or restoring the natural resources on their property through technical or financial assistance should contact their local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) field office to begin the conservation planning process.
     Applicants for these programs should have an NRCS Conservation Plan developed. These plans are completed by NRCS certified conservation planners working directly with the landowner, at no cost, and help determine which programs best suit the conservation needs of the property.


EQIP-CIC

     The 2018 Farm Bill authorized NRCS to provide technical and financial assistance to producers through EQIP-CIC for the implementation, adoption, management, and maintenance of incentive practices that effectively address at least one eligible priority resource concern within a State-identified high priority area. This program focuses on Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry and drought mitigation.
     EQIP-CIC provides payments for select incentive practices. It can be a stepping stone for producers between EQIP classic and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Participants enroll in a 5-year incentive contract without the need to enroll an entire farming, grazing, or forestland operation.

     Soil health and integrated pest management on cropland and orchards will be the climate smart focus for FY 2022. Specifics on eligible resource concerns and conservation practices will be released at a later date.

 

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