USDA NRCS Accepting 2019 EQIP Applications Through November 2nd

LITTLE ROCK, Sept. 27, 2018 – Farmers and landowners in Arkansas have until Nov. 2, 2018, to submit applications to receive financial assistance to implement conservation activities through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for the 2018 program year.  Applicants can sign up at their local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service field service center.

A Nov. 2, 2018, deadline is set for:

  • Conservation Activity Plans
  • High Tunnel Systems
  • National Organic Initiative
  • National On-Farm Energy Initiative
  • Working Lands for Wildlife (available in Ashley, Baxter, Benton, Carroll, Drew, Faulkner, Fulton, Hempstead, Logan, Marion, Nevada, Newton, Pulaski, Randolph, Searcy, Sebastian, Sharp, St. Francis, Stone and Yell counties)
  • Buffalo Slough-Cache River National Water Quality Initiative (portions of Greene and Lawrence counties)
  • StrikeForce (Arkansas, Bradley, Chicot, Clark, Colombia, Dallas, Desha, Drew, Hempstead, Howard, Jackson, Lafayette, Lawrence, Lee, Mississippi, Monroe, Nevada, Newton, Ouachita, Phillips, Randolph, Searcy, Sevier, St. Francis, Woodruff, Ashley, Clay, Conway, Craighead, Crittenden, Franklin, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jefferson, Johnson, Lincoln, Madison, Miller, Montgomery, Poinsett, Polk, Scott, Sebastian, Sharp, Stone, Union, and Van Buren counties)
  • StrikeForce Keeping it in the Family (Columbia, Hempstead, Howard, Little River, Nevada, Ouachita and Union counties)
  • Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watershed Initiative
    • Caney Creek (portion of Cross County)
    • Middle Strawberry (portion of Sharp County)
    • Upper Bay Macon (portions of Desha and Lincoln counties)
    • Cache Willow/Podo (portions of Craighead, Jackson and Lawrence counties)
    • Tupelo Bay Beaverdam (portion of Faulkner County)

Individuals and other entities actively engaged in agricultural production are eligible to participate in EQIP.  EQIP offers a continuous application sign-up. However, to be considered for funding under the 1st batch period, sign-up applications must be received by Nov. 2. An application deadline for other EQIP inititiaves, will be announced soon.

All applications will be evaluated for funding based on a state and nationally developed procedure to optimize environmental benefits.  Applications ranking highest in a funding category will be funded according to priority and is subject to availability of program funds.

For more information, visit http://www.ar.nrcs.usda.gov/ or contact the local USDA/NRCS field service center.

The FY 2019 EQIP implementation schedule is:

EQIP – 2019 Signup Number 1 Implementation Schedule:

Funding Category

Application Deadline

Ranking Deadline

Preapproval Begins

Obligation

Conservation Activity Plans

Nov. 2, 2018

Nov. 9, 2018

Nov. 12, 2018

Jan. 31, 2019

National Organic Initiative

Nov. 2, 2018

Nov. 9, 2018

Nov. 12, 2018

Jan. 31, 2019

High Tunnel Systems

Nov. 2, 2018

Nov. 21, 2018

Nov. 26, 2018

Jan. 31, 2019

Working Lands for Wildlife

Nov. 2, 2018

Nov. 21, 2018

Nov. 26, 2018

Jan. 31, 2019

National On-Farm Energy Initiative

Nov. 2, 2018

Dec. 14, 2018

Dec. 17, 2018

Jan. 31, 2019

NWQI

Nov. 2, 2018

Dec. 14, 2018

Dec. 17, 2018

Jan. 31, 2019

StrikeForce

Nov. 2, 2018

Dec. 14, 2018

Dec. 17, 2018

Jan. 31, 2019

MRBI – Caney Creek

Nov. 2, 2018

Dec. 14, 2018

Dec. 21, 2018

Jan. 31, 2019

MRBI – Middle Strawberry

Nov. 2, 2018

Dec. 14, 2018

Dec. 21, 2018

Jan. 31, 2019

MRBI – Upper Bay Macon

Nov. 2, 2018

Dec. 14, 2018

Dec. 21, 2018

Jan. 31, 2019

MRBI – Cache Willow/Podo

Nov. 2, 2018

Dec. 14, 2018

Dec. 21, 2018

Jan. 31, 2019

MRBI – Tupelo Bay Beaverdam

Nov. 2, 2018

Dec. 14, 2018

Dec. 21, 2018

Jan. 31, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REGINALD L. JACKSON | State Public Affairs Specialist

United States Department of Agriculture

Natural Resources Conservation Service

700 West Capitol Ave., Room 3416, Federal Building | Little Rock, AR  72201

( 501-301-3133|855-681-7044 (fax)|* reginald.jackson@ar.usda.gov | www.ar.nrcs.usda.gov

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