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NRCS announces EQIP and AMA programs signup deadline November 20, 2020

Rebecca Haddix

MORGANTOWN, W.Va., October 20, 2020– The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announces the end of the first FY 21 application evaluation period for the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) and the Agricultural Management Assistance Program (AMA). Producers interested in being considered for financial assistance, need to submit applications to NRCS by November 20, 2020.


EQIP is a voluntary conservation program that helps agricultural producers in a manner that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible goals. Through EQIP, agricultural producers receive technical and financial assistance to implement structural and management conservation practices that optimize environmental benefits on working agricultural land.


The AMA program provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to voluntarily address issues such as water management, water quality, and erosion control by incorporating conservation into their farming operations.


EQIP and AMA are open to all eligible agricultural producers and submitted applications may be considered or evaluated in multiple funding pool opportunities.


Local NRCS offices accept program applications year round. Application evaluations only take place during announced ranking periods. For consideration in the first round of 2021 federal fiscal year funding eligible landowners must enroll by submitting their application no later than November 20, 2020. For more information, visit a local USDA Service Center or visit our website: