USDA NRCS Arkansas Accepting EQIP Applications Until January 11

Release No.: 121018-01

Contact: Reginald Jackson, State Public Affairs Specialist
(501) 301-3133(w) 501-352-7761(c)
reginald.jackson@ar.usda.gov

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Accepting 2019 EQIP Applications through Jan. 11, 2019

LITTLE ROCK, Dec. 10, 2018 – Farmers and landowners in Arkansas have until Jan. 11, 2019, to submit applications to receive financial assistance to implement conservation activities through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for the 2019 program year. Applicants can sign up at their local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service field service center.
Individuals and entities actively engaged in agricultural production are eligible to participate in EQIP. The EQIP deadline is for consideration in the local, state and initiative funding categories. EQIP offers a continuous application sign-up. However, to be considered for funding under the 2nd batch period applications must be received by Jan. 11.
LOCAL, STATEWIDE & INITIATIVE FUNDING
Local categories focus on the priority resource concerns in a localized area, as identified by the locally-led conservation workgroup representatives for each county or designated local area.
Statewide categories address water quality issues related to animal manure management and sedimentation, soil quality, reduction of erosion, improved management of irrigation water and reduction in ground water use, forestland enhancement, livestock management operations improvement, and improvement of wildlife habitat resource concerns.
Special initiative funding includes: Alternative Crops; Feral Swine; Arkansas River Valley Confined Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO); Ground Water Decline and Historically Underserved Categories (Beginning Farmers, Socially Disadvantaged Farmers, Limited Resource Farmers and Veteran Farmers).
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.
The FY 2019 EQIP implementation schedule is:
EQIP – 2019 Signup Number 2
Funding Category
Application Deadline
Ranking Deadline
Preapproval Begins
Obligation
Alternative Crops/Small Cropland Farms
Jan. 11, 2019
Mar. 1, 2019
Mar. 8, 2019
Apr. 26, 2019
AR River Valley (CAFO)
Feral Swine
Ground Water Decline
Wildlife
EQIP – Historically Underserved
EQIP – Local (Crop, Pasture, Forest)
EQIP – Statewide (Crop, Pasture, Forest, CAFO)
For more information, visit http://www.ar.nrcs.usda.gov/ or contact the local USDA/NRCS field service center.

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