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NRCS Announces Second EQIP Signup for 2020 Funding
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 05/26/2020

Wisconsin's state conservationist says farmers and forest landowners will want to plan ahead and sign up early for the second round of USDA conservation funding. Angela Biggs of the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service announced that those interested in participating in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program need to apply by June 26 for funding in 2020. Applications are being taken at all USDA Service Centers in Wisconsin.

"The new Farm Bill allows NRCS to support conservation that ensures cost-effective financial assistance for improved soil health, water and air quality, and other natural resources benefits," Biggs said. "Through EQIP, for example, there are new enrollment options through incentive contracts, an advance payment option is available for historically underserved producers, and much more."

EQIP is the primary program available to farmers and landowners for farm and woodland conservation work, offering payments for over 110 basic conservation practices. Last year, Wisconsin received over $38 million in funds for EQIP practices.

Farmers may contact their local USDA Service Center to get started on producer eligibility and planning.

Biggs reminds farmers who are interested in practices that may require permits, such as manure storage or streambank restoration, to begin planning and seeking permits as soon as possible. Applicants with shovel-ready projects will receive a higher ranking.

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