The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service announces the end of the first FY23 application evaluation period for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and the Agricultural Management Assistance Program. Producers interested in being considered for financial assistance need to submit applications to NRCS by Dec. 16.
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 technical and financial assistance to implement structural and management conservation practices that optimize environmental benefits on working agricultural land.
The AMA program provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to voluntarily address issues such as water management, including irrigation systems, water quality, and erosion control by incorporating conservation into their farming operations; and mitigate risk through production diversification.
EQIP and AMA are open to all eligible agricultural producers and submitted applications may be considered or evaluated in multiple funding opportunities.
Local NRCS offices accept program applications year-round. Application evaluations only take place during announced ranking periods. For consideration in the first-round of 2023 federal fiscal year funding, eligible landowners must enroll by submitting their application no later than Dec.16.
For more information, visit a local USDA Service Center or visit the website at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov.