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Assistance Helps Farmers and Ranchers Conserve Natural Resources

Application deadline for financial assistance is October 1

GAINESVILLE, Fla., June 21, 2021 — Florida farmers, ranchers and forest owners can apply until October 1 for financial and technical assistance from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for fiscal year 2022 funding. Although applications are accepted on a continuous basis for all programs, funding selections are typically made once a year.

Through EQIP, agricultural landowners may receive financial and technical assistance to improve soil, water, air, plants, animals and related resources. Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, pastureland, private non-industrial forestland and other farm or ranch lands. The application deadline also applies to the following EQIP-funded initiatives:

Applications will be evaluated for funding based on local, state, and nationally developed criteria to optimize environmental benefits.  Applications ranking highest in a funding category will be funded according to priority and is subject to the availability of program funds.

Visit your local NRCS field office to learn more. If you are in the Manatee, Sarasota, or Charlotte County area, contact District Conservationist Israel Vega-Marrero at 941-907-0011 for more information.