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EQIP Sign-up Now Open for 2018 Funding
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 10/04/2017

Farmers and forest landowners will want to plan ahead and sign up early for USDA conservation funding. That's according to State Conservationist Angela Biggs, who says landowners interested in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program need to apply for 2018 funding by by October 20.

EQIP is the primary program available to farmers for farm and woodland conservation work, offering payments for over 110 basic conservation practices. Last year, Wisconsin received about $25 million in funds for EQIP practices.

"By getting applications in early, we have time for staff to visit individual farms to help plan all practices needed and offer advice," said Biggs. "It's easier to do an accurate plan before the snow starts, when you can better see the landscape."

Applications are being taken at all USDA Service Centers in Wisconsin. All eligible applications will be evaluated, prioritized and ranked for funding in 2018.

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