The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Georgia reminds , interested producers the sign-up deadline for an Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is March 24th.
This statewide sign-up, which will utilize funding from the Inflation Reduction Act, will take two approaches to assist producers who plan to build climate resiliency into their operations. First, those applying for cover crops (Practice Code 340) will be administered through the ACT NOW approach, which is a targeted, rapid, and streamlined application and contract approval process.
Second, 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.