The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Georgia wants to remind producers and landowners that signup for fiscal year 2023 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funding runs until November 4, 2022. All Georgia agricultural and forest operators who wish to be considered for this year’s technical and financial assistance should apply by that date.
While customers can apply year-round, this application ranking date announcement is for all general EQIP, as well as the Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry initiative.
EQIP provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers and non-industrial forest managers to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, increased soil health and reduced soil erosion and sedimentation, improved or created wildlife habitat, and mitigation against drought and increasing weather volatility.
As a reminder, historically underserved producers approved for funding through EQIP, qualify for the advanced payment option. This option allows these producers to get conservation practice payments in advance of the practice implementation.
Interested producers can apply at their local USDA Service Center.