Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Funding for Farmers

Organic and sustainable farmers and landowners: Apply now for Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funding.

The $50 million EQIP program provides financial and technical assistance to growers who implement innovative conservation practices. Through this program, NRCS helps to plan and implement conservation practices that address natural resource concerns and promotes opportunities to improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland.

To be eligible, growers and landowners must complete a Conservation Activity Plan (CAP) for their state.

Applications for EQIP are accepted on a continuous basis, however, NRCS establishes application “cut-off” or submission deadline dates for evaluation and ranking of eligible applications. For most Initiatives under the EQIP program, the next cutoff date is February 3rd, 2012. To obtain an EQIP application, visit your USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) local service center.

National EQIP Initiatives and Statute Supported Programs include:

The Air Quality Initiative

The On-Farm Energy Initiative

The Organic Initiative

The Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative

To learn about other NRCS Conservation funding opportunities visit: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/financial

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