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EQIP Application Deadline Extended for Tennessee Landowners


For more information contact:
Katherine K. Burse, State Public Affairs Officer
PH: 615-277-2533


NASHVILLE, November 18, 2020The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Tennessee has extended its application deadline for producers and landowners who are interested in implementing conservation practices to improve natural resources on their farm or forest land. Funding is available through the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), and the deadline to apply for fiscal year 2021 funding has now been extended to December 11, 2020.

 “The extended application deadline will allow Tennessee producers more time to complete their EQIP applications,” said Tennessee NRCS State Conservationist Sheldon Hightower. “EQIP places a priority on water quality, water conservation, and promotes soil health practices by offering financial and technical assistance to address these resource concerns on eligible agricultural land.”

EQIP is an incentives program that provides financial assistance for conservation systems such as, but not limited to, animal waste management facilities, fencing, and water supply development for improved grazing management, riparian protection, and wildlife habitat enhancement. Applications for the EQIP program are accepted on a continuous basis but only applications received by the deadline will be considered for FY 2021 funding.

Applications can be taken at all Tennessee NRCS offices and USDA Service Centers.  To locate an office near you, please click on this link: USDA Service Center.  Applications MUST be received in your local Service Center by close of business on Friday, December 11, 2020

NRCS continually strives to put conservation planning at the forefront of its programs and initiatives.  Conservation plans provide landowners with a comprehensive inventory and assessment of their resources and an appropriate start to improving the quality of soil, water, air, plants, and wildlife on their land.

To find out more about EQIP, visit our website at

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