Applications for participation in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, or EQIP, are due by Friday, December 21st, 2018. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services (USDA-NRCS) State Conservationist for Oklahoma, Gary O’Neill, encourages eligible producers and landowners to submit their applications and inquiries to their local USDA Field Service Center by the December 21st deadline to be considered for the current sign-up period.
“EQIP is a great program for any producer or landowner that wants to target a natural resource concern they have on their land,” said O’Neill. “Voluntary conservation programs like EQIP continue to prove that agricultural producers are doing their part to improve their soil, water and air quality without regulations.”
EQIP provides producers and landowners with financial and technical assistance to plan and implement conservation practices that improve soil, water, air and other related natural resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forest land.
NRCS accepts EQIP applications year-round but, deadlines are set periodically to consider eligible applications for funding. Applications submitted after the December 21st deadline will be considered for funding during later funding opportunities. To be considered for funding producers or landowners must submit a completed program application, establish farm records and provide other documents that support eligibility to be considered for financial assistance through EQIP. All applications will be considered without discrimination or bias.
“Oklahoma’s farmers and ranchers have always been committed to conservation. I urge all producers to get their applications in by December 21st and continue Oklahoma’s commitment to voluntary, local conservation,” said O’Neill.