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ATTRA Can Help Farmers Apply for NRCS EQIP Program in 2013


Organic farmers and farmers who are transitioning to an organic operation should prepare to apply for a USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) program that can help them pay for conservation measures. Deadlines for final application review vary by NRCS state office but some are very early this fall. And the National Center for Appropriate Technology's ATTRA program staff can help them meet the deadline.

NRCS likely has up to $50 million dollars to award in the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP). The program is a significant opportunity for organic and transitioning organic farmers to get financial assistance to implement conservation practices that are consistent with organic production practices.

Some of the practices that NRCS has identified as being beneficial to organic producers include the following:

  • Irrigation and water management, including such items as efficient irrigation upgrades, irrigation scheduling, and tailwater recovery systems
  • Grazing management, such as fencing, stockwater systems, and range and pasture planting
  • Nutrient management, including manure-storage structures, planned nutrient applications, and soil testing
  • Pest management, including crop- and pest-monitoring activities and planned pesticide applications
  • Erosion control, such as grade-control structures, diversions, and water- and sediment-control basins
  • Wildlife-habitat enhancement, such as stream buffers, fish screens, fish passage, and upland wildlife-habitat establishment

EQIP funding is competitive; however, there is a significant amount of funds still available just weeks before the deadline.

If you need more information on applying for EQIP funds, check out our detailed EQIP website for details or call our English-language ATTRA toll-free hotline at 800-346-9140 or the Spanish-language ATTRA hotline at 800-411-3222.

The following online links feature stories showcasing what producers have accomplished with help from EQIP.



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This page was last updated on: December 22, 2014