NRCS Opens Prairie Pothole Water Quality and Wildlife Program Funding Opportunity
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has introduced a new funding opportunity available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Producers within the Prairie Pothole Region of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Montana that have unmanipulated wetlands of two acres or less within working cropland, will be able to sign up for the Prairie Pothole Water Quality and Wildlife Program. NRCS will work with applicants to determine which wetlands are eligible based off the National Wetlands Inventory. The Prairie Pothole Water Quality and Wildlife Program emerged from a North Dakota concept called the Working Wetlands program. Farmers and conservation leaders worked together to find a new approach to conserve small wetlands in working cropland.