USDA-NRCS in Georgia Announces Sign-up for Conservation Practices

Dan Conservation, Environment, Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Georgia, Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), USDA-NRCS


The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Georgia is conducting an Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) sign-up utilizing funding from the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

This statewide sign-up will take two approaches to assist producers who plan to build climate resiliency into their operations. First, those applying for cover crops will be administered through the ACT NOW approach, which is a targeted, rapid, and streamlined application and contract approval process.

While this sign-up concludes on March 24, 2023, cover crop applications will be assessed and ranked as they are submitted to the USDA Field Service Center. Based on funds availability, application assessments with a ranking score of 67 points or greater will be preapproved immediately for the first batch of funding.


Secondly, those applying for energy conservation related practices will be administered through the normal batching and ranking process. The energy-specific practices included in this sign-up are as follows:

  • Combustion System Improvement (Practice Code 372)
  • Energy Efficient Agricultural Operation (Practice Code 374)
  • Energy Efficient Lighting System (Practice Code 670)
  • Energy Efficient Building Envelope (Practice Code 672)

NRCS accepts applications for conservation programs year-round, but to be included in this funding batch, interested producers should contact their local USDA Service Center and apply by March 24, 2023. Additional sign-up batches may be announced at a later date, subject to the availability of funding.