EQIP Funds Available to Help Alleviate Drought Impacts

  • Jun 29, 2021

In response to the current drought conditions, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is offering nearly $22.8 million in funding through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. These funds are being made available through the Conservation Incentive Contracts option that blends EQIP and the Conservation Stewardship Program. This pilot program is only available to farmers in Arizona, California, Colorado and Oregon at this time.

NRCS is now accepting EQIP applications for this pilot program. The application deadline is July 12. Growers also can reach out to their local USDA service center for assistance with the application.

The Conservation Incentive Contracts program addresses high-priority conservation and natural resources concerns and is designed to help producers recover from the impacts of the drought and build strategies that improve their enterprise’s resiliency. Through five-year contracts, growers manage, maintain and address natural resources concerns and build on existing conservation efforts.  Conservation practices include forest management plans, tree/shrub establishment, brush management, prescribed grazing, pasture and hay planting, wildlife habitat and cover crops.

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