Jasper County Ag News

NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Applications Open- Deadline is April 19, 2019

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (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 financial and technical assistance to implement structural and management conservation practices that optimize environmental benefits on working agricultural land.

EQIP applications are accepted on a continuous basis, however, NRCS establishes application “cut-off” or submission deadline dates for evaluation, ranking and approval of eligible applications.  EQIP is open to all eligible agricultural producers and submitted applications may be considered or evaluated in multiple funding pool opportunities.  The following document describes how to apply for Farm Bill programs or visit the the following website:  Get started with NRCS national page.  EQIP is open to all eligible agricultural producers without discrimination or bias.

To learn how to get started with NRCS, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/getstarted.

Applicants are responsible for completing and filing all application and eligibility paperwork as required.  If funded, participants are required to sign a contract and agree to implement the planned conservation practices to NRCS standards and specifications as scheduled and follow the eligibility and contractual requirements outlined in the NRCS-CPA-1202 appendix.

The link to the website is: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/la/programs/financial/eqip/