Agricultural producers wanting to conserve water or address water, air, or animal waste issues; reduce erosion; improve wildlife habitat; obtain a seasonal high tunnel; or just plain improve conservation on their farming operation should consider submitting their application to receive financial assistance through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Start by filling out eligibility forms. Once you qualify, ensure your application is submitted to your local NRCS office by November 20, 2015, to be considered for the first ranking period of FY2016.

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program for those engaged in livestock, forestry, or agricultural production – including organics. The program offers financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices on eligible agricultural land, and provides payments for implementing conservation practices that have a positive environmental impact, while protecting long-term agricultural production and sustainability. Eligible crop production includes—but is not limited to—field-grown ornamentals, fruits, orchards, plant materials in greenhouses, row crops, vegetables, and vineyards.

To be considered for funding during this ranking period, applications must be received by November 20. Applications received after that will be accepted and considered, if funds are still available.