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USDA Offers Expanded Conservation Program Opportunities to Support Climate-Smart Agriculture in 2022

Contact:
Rebecca Haddix
304-284-7545


Morgantown, W.Va., Jan. 19, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is announcing several new and expanded opportunities for climate-smart agriculture in 2022. Updates include nationwide availability of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Conservation Incentive Contracts.

West Virginia is accepting applications for batching period #1 for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program-Conservation Incentive Contracts (EQIP-CIC) through close of business on, February 18, 2022.

Conservation Incentive Contracts are an option under EQIP, with a WV focus on Climate-Smart Forestry.  EQIP-CIC provides financial assistance to adopt conservation activities on working landscapes.

“Climate change is happening, and America’s agricultural communities are on the frontlines,” NRCS State Conservationist Jon Bourdon said. “We have to continue to support and expand the adoption of conservation approaches to support producers in their work to address the climate crisis and build more resilient operations. We are continuously working to improve our programs to ensure we’re giving West Virginia farmers and ranchers the best tools to conserve natural resources.” 

EQIP Conservation Incentive Contracts

Conservation Incentive Contracts address priority resource concerns, including sequestering carbon and improving soil health in high-priority areas. Through these contracts, NRCS works with producers to strengthen the quality and condition of natural resources on their operations.

West Virginia is offering EQIP-CIC statewide with a focus on improving upland wildlife habitat on forestlands. The priority resource concern to be addressed in WV is terrestrial habitat. Eligible land uses are Forestland and associated Ag land. Available management practices include Upland Wildlife Habitat Management and Early Successional Habitat Management.

Conservation Incentive Contracts offer producers annual incentive payments to implement management practices to help manage, maintain, and improve priority natural resource concerns within state high-priority areas and build on existing conservation efforts. Conservation Incentive Contracts last five years.

How to Apply

NRCS accepts applications for conservation programs year-round. To apply, producers should contact their local USDA Service Center. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.

 

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