Illinois EQIP Application Deadlines Set
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[March 22, 2019]
Look to the USDA-Natural Resources
Conservation Service (NRCS) for conservation assistance on
agricultural and forestland. Ivan Dozier, Illinois NRCS State
Conservationist, explains, “NRCS has a long history of conservation
planning with agricultural producers and forestry managers.
We have the technical knowledge to develop a conservation plan
for your resource concerns and NRCS has conservation programs to
help you implement that plan.”
The primary financial assistance program is the Environmental
Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). EQIP provides financial and
technical assistance to agricultural and forestland producers.
To participate, producers can apply for EQIP throughout the
year; however, Illinois NRCS has established two application
deadlines for April 19, 2019 and May 17, 2019. NRCS encourages
producers to submit applications by one of the deadlines if they
are interested in the program.
Hundreds of Illinois producers have successfully used EQIP to
address natural resource issues on their farm. Some EQIP
activities include installing structures to address gully
erosion, improving pastureland diversity using interseeding
techniques, and improving soil health by increasing organic
matter with cover crops. A special Illinois funding pool also
targets monarch butterflies by creating or improving monarch
habitat with stands of milkweed and nectar plants.
These conservation practices can be completed through NRCS EQIP
funding pools, such as grazing land operations, confined
livestock operations, organic, monarch butterfly, and wildlife
habitat, just to name a few. In addition to conservation
practices, EQIP funds plan development, such as Comprehensive
Nutrient Management Plans (CNMPs), Grazing Plans, Drainage Water
Management Plans, and more.
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Producers interested in EQIP should submit a signed
application (NRCS-CPA-1200 form) to the local NRCS field office.
Applications submitted by April 19, 2019 and May 17, 2019 will be
evaluated by NRCS staff for the funding period submitted.
Applicants must meet program eligibility requirements to participate
in EQIP. Local NRCS field office staff will work with applicants to
determine eligibility and answer ranking questions. If an
application is ranked high enough to be funded, NRCS staff will work
with each applicant to develop a contract.
EQIP is a voluntary conservation program available for agricultural
producers and forestry producers. Through EQIP, NRCS provides
financial and technical assistance to install conservation
practices. For more information on EQIP, contact your local NRCS
field office or visit
www.nrcs. usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/il/programs /financial/eqip/
[USDA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCE