Friday Is Deadline For Farmers, Ranchers To Apply For EQIP Funds

November 12, 2017

Florida farmers, ranchers and forest owners can apply until Nov. 17th for financial and technical assistance from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for fiscal year 2017 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:

  • Organic Producer Initiative
  • Seasonal High Tunnels
  • Energy Initiative
  • Pollinator Initiative
  • Longleaf Pine Initiative
  • National Water Quality Initiative
  • Working Lands for Wildlife
  • Gulf of Mexico Initiative

Applicants can begin by visiting the local NRCS field office. The Escambia County Field Office is located at 151 Highway 97 in Molino (in the Escambia County Farm Bureau Building) For more information, call (850) 587-5404 ext 3, or visit www.fl.nrcs.usda.gov.

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