Champaign, IL — State Conservationist Ivan Dozier announced that the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will offer funding for the following Landscape Initiatives throughout the state: Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI), and the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI). Producers who have agricultural or pastureland in an Initiative project area can apply for assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to implement a range of conservation practices that will improve water quality, decrease soil erosion, and improve wildlife habitat.
Financial assistance will be available to producers whose land is located in the portions of the counties listed below. While applications are accepted throughout the year, interested producers should submit a signed application (NRCS-CPA-1200 form) to the local NRCS field office, or through the Farmers.gov website using their account, by the cutoff date of January 8, 2021, to ensure their applications are considered for 2021 funding. A blank NRCS-CPA-1200 application form may be obtained from the local office or on the Illinois NRCS website. Producers wishing to use Farmers.gov, can sign in or create an account by clicking on “Sign up” in the upper right of the website.
To see if you are eligible to participate in the program, producers should contact their local NRCS field office or visit the Illinois NRCS website at www.il.nrcs.usda.gov.
The following is a list of Initiatives including the counties and watersheds where funding is available for 2021:
Upper Macoupin Creek – Portions of Macoupin County
Vermilion Headwaters – Portions of Ford, Iroquois, Livingston, and McLean Counties
Lake Bloomington – Money Creek Watershed – Portions of McLean County
Blue Mound – Money Creek Watershed – Portions of McLean County
Lake Springfield – Panther Creek Watershed – Portions of Sangamon County
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