Applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) are accepted year-round but Friday, January 18, 2019 is the application cutoff by which a producer or landowner must submit a signed application to their Natural Resources Conservation Service office for Fiscal Year 2019 funding consideration.
Eligible applications will be ranked, and contracts will be awarded thereafter. Applications with higher quality and quantity of proposed conservation and environmental benefits receive higher scores. The highest-ranking applications are funded first. A second application cutoff is set for Friday, April 19, 2019.
The EQIP program provides financial and technical assistance to help landowners voluntarily implement conservation practices to improve natural resources. Payment is provided for a variety of practices to address resource concerns related to water quality, grazing land health, soil erosion and health, wildlife habitat and others.
“Applications for all NRCS conservation programs are accepted continuously; however, applications are grouped for ranking and processing,” says Assistant State Conservationist for Programs Keith Kloubec. “The first cut-off for this popular conservation program comes around quickly. I encourage any producer or landowner to contact NRCS and apply early.” To learn about technical and financial assistance available through conservation programs, contact your local NRCS Office.
Here in Meeker County, the NRCS and SWCD are co-located.