Apply for EQIP, RCPP-EQIP, or ACEP by Friday, March 13 with the NRCS in Minnesota for 2020 funding
Saint Paul, Minn, Feb. 6 - Applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, Regional Conservation Partnership Program, and the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program are accepted year-round at local Natural Resources Conservation Service field offices, but Friday, March 13, 2020 is the Minnesota application batching period cutoff by which a producer or landowner must submit a signed application for fiscal year 2020 funding consideration.
The EQIP, RCPP-EQIP, and ACEP programs provide financial and technical assistance to help eligible agriculture producers voluntarily implement conservation practices to improve natural resources and agriculture productivity. A variety of practices are eligible in order to address resource concerns such as water quality, grazing land health, soil erosion and health, wildlife habitat, livestock production, and many more.
Through RCPP, NRCS works with partners to implement projects that demonstrate innovative solutions to conservation challenges while providing measurable improvements to resource concerns targeted in the partnership.
The ACEP program conserves agricultural lands and wetlands and their related benefits. Under the Agricultural Land Easements component, NRCS helps Indian tribes, state and local governments, and non-governmental organizations protect working agricultural lands and limit non-agricultural uses of the land.
“The new 2018 Farm Bill allows NRCS to provide conservation assistance to support farmers in improving economic viability, soil health, water and air quality, and other natural resources benefits. This new version of EQIP raises the funding cap for organic producers, enhances advance payment options for historically underserved producers, and renews our commitment to assist beginning farmers,” said Daniell. “By getting EQIP applications in early, NRCS staff will have time to visit individual farms and assist in planning conservation practices.”
All applications received by March 13, 2020, will be considered for prioritization and ranking based on fund availability. Farmers should contact their local USDA Service Center to get started on eligibility and planning.
Landowners interested in applying for EQIP funding should contact their local NRCS office at the USDA Service Center their county. For more information, visit www.mn.nrcs.usda.gov.
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