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FY 2019 EQIP Sign Up

NRCS Contact:
Alicia Rodriguez (505) 761-4421

November 28, 2018

Ag Producers Should Take Advantage of Federal Program Assistance
by January 18, 2019 Sign up Deadline

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M — Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, Kris Graham Chavez, of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in New Mexico, announced today that a sign up for fiscal year 2019 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is underway and all New Mexico agricultural producers who would like to be considered for financial assistance under special conservation initiatives need to apply by Friday, January 18, 2019.

While producers can apply year-round for EQIP assistance, this application cutoff announcement is specific to the following National Initiatives, State Initiatives and Local Program:

  1. Organic (Certified and Transitioning)

  2. On-Farm Energy

  3. Conservation Activity Plans

  4. Ogallala National Initiative (If Funded Nationally)

  5. StrikeForce Initiative

  6. Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative (If Funded Nationally)

  7. NM High Tunnel

  8. National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI)

  9. New Mexico State Acequia Initiative

  10. New Mexico Watershed Initiative (Team Specific)

  11. New Mexico Wildlife Initiative

  12. FY 2019 General EQIP

  13. WaterSMART Initiative

  14. Socially Disadvantaged

  15. Beginning Farmer and Rancher

  16. Tribal Initiative

  17. Regional Conservationist Partnership Program (RCPP)

    •  Pecos Watershed

    • North Central Watershed

Producers can apply by visiting their local USDA Service Center  and submitting their Conservation Program Application (NRCS-CPA-1200).  Producers who have established a Client Gateway account may submit their application online.  Producers need to receive a farm and tract number from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) by the application deadline. 

“We want New Mexico farmers and ranchers to know that we are ready to assist producers get conservation on the ground and hope they will take this time to stop by their local NRCS office to discuss their current conservation needs.  If one of these initiatives does not fit the needs of the customer, the field office staff will be happy to discuss a conservation plan and financial assistance that will be available in Fiscal Year 2019 that would fit their operation,” said Graham Chavez. 

EQIP provides a targeted, science-based approach to restoring and protecting habitat while strengthening rural economies and cultivating collaboration among conservation partners.  EQIP provides a flat rate payment to producers to install conservation practices, such as Range Planting, Windbreaks, Residue Management No-Till, Riparian Forest Buffers, Watering Facilities, Fence, Tree Planting, and Wildlife Habitat Management.

NRCS provides leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, maintain and improve our natural resources and environment. You can find more Programs at NRCS Programs. For more information about NRCS New Mexico visit NRCS New Mexico.

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