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Early Application Cut-off Date for Environmental Quality Incentives Program Funding

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Contact: Jeff Harlow,

Assistant State Conservationist for Programs



Early Application Cut-off Date for Environmental Quality Incentives Program Funding

SPOKANE, Wash. (October 5, 2017) – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service announced today the application deadlines for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) in Washington State would come earlier than previous years to account for a stronger focus on conservation planning.

EQIP is a voluntary, technical and financial assistance program designed to help farmers, ranchers, private forestland owners, tribes and other private landowners/managers improve irrigation efficiency; manage nutrient run-off and/or animal waste; improve the health of native plant communities; and reduce soil loss. In most instances, program participants pay for roughly half of the costs of the conservation measures or practices.

Although applications are accepted on a year-round basis, eligible producers and entities interested will have two cut-off dates to submit their applications for consideration for funding in fiscal year 2018. The cut-off dates are as follows: November 17, 2017; March 16, 2018. 

The cut-off dates are for general EQIP including Local Working Group funding as well as the EQIP Initiatives such as Organic, High Tunnel, Conservation Activity Plans, Energy, Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans (CNMP), Wildfire Recovery, Joint Chiefs, Air Quality, and Sage Grouse Initiatives. For more information about these Initiatives, please refer to the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service website.

According to Assistant State Conservationist, Jeff Harlow, “while EQIP applications are accepted on a continuous sign-up basis, if you are interested in applying for 2018 funding, you must submit your application at your local USDA-NRCS Service Center office by one of the two deadlines.”

Each applicant must establish themselves as a USDA customer and complete all Farm Service Agency (FSA) eligibility requirements prior to the application cut-off date.

Applicants who apply as entities must provide a DUNS number, be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM), and maintain an active registration with current information prior to applying for funding and to remain eligible for payments under a funded contract. For more information regarding SAM and DUNS, or if interested in applying for EQIP funding, contact the local NRCS field office, located through the web site at:


To learn about technical and financial assistance available through conservation programs, visit or local USDA service center.



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