The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Georgia wants to remind agricultural and forest operators in the state that applications for fiscal year 2023 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funding need to be in by Friday, November 4, 2022.
While EQIP applications are accepted year-round, this sign-up is for all general EQIP, as well as some special initiatives such as Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry.
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.
For more information on NRCS conservation programs, contact your local USDA Service Center.