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NRCS Urges Ag Producers to Sign Up by the Program Deadline

Don’t Miss Out on Financial Assistance for 11 Separate Programs

Jan. 17, 2014
Contact: Michael Neubeiser
(505) 761-4419

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in New Mexico is urging agricultural producers to submit their Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) applications by the programs deadline of Feb. 21, 2014.

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service helps America’s farmers and ranchers conserve the Nation’s soil, water, air and other natural resources. All programs are voluntary and offer science-based solutions that benefit both the landowner and the environment. There are eleven EQIP and WHIP program deadlines that fall on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.

Private landowners who use all or a portion of their land for agricultural production can apply for assistance through the EQIP. But their applications must be into the NRCS office by the Feb. 21st deadline or farmers and ranchers could miss their opportunity for this assistance.

National Programmatic Initiatives

  • On-Farm Energy
  • Organic (Certified and Transition)

National  Initiatives

  • EQIP-Working Lands for Wildlife (Lesser Prairie Chicken)
  • WHIP-Working Lands for Wildlife (Southwest Willow Flycatcher)
  • WHIP (non-Working Lands for Wildlife)
  • Ogallala Aquifer
  • Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP)
  • Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI)

State Initiatives

  • Acequia
  • Burned Lands, Small Acreage Farmer/Rancher, and Watersheds
  • Seasonal High Tunnel                                                                                                                      


 “You can find NRCS Program information at: NRCS New Mexico Programs,” said NRCS New Mexico EQIP program manager, Michael Neubeiser.  To locate the nearest NRCS office visit: NRCS New Mexico office directory or contact Mike Neubeiser at (505) 761-4419.


Earthworm living in soils on a shovel




This earthworm is a clear indicator of a healthy soil where EQIP funding was used at a New Mexico pecan orchard.








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