Next batch of EQIP apps due March 20
An organic initiative that is a key component of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) that provides funding to farmers has a March 20 application deadline for the second of three annual application windows. To qualify, farm operations must have produced at least $1,000 in agricultural products in two of the past five years. The funding program is administered by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the NRCS news release announcing the program notes "special emphasis opportunities … for organics, on farm energy improvements, Longleaf Pine, seasonal high tunnels, forestry and wildlife habitat." Interested applicants must work through their local NRCS field office to establish eligibility, and have conservation plans that identify natural resource management goals and connects them to farm bill objectives.