ALBANY — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in New York announces the application deadline for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program – Conservation Incentive Contracts (EQIP-CIC) as Jan. 27, 2023.
EQIP-CIC in NY expands resource beneﬁts to producers through the following climate friendly conservation practices:
- 340 Cover Crop
- 590 Nutrient Management
- 329 Residue and Tillage Management, No Till
- 345 Residue and Tillage Management, Reduced Till
EQIP-CIC in NY also offers conservation practices that support the above management practices. NY is offering EQIP-CIC throughout the state with a land use focus of Cropland. EQIP-CIC allows producers to target priority resource concerns on their property by offering incentive payments for a five-year contract without needing to enroll the entire operation into the program. EQIP-CIC is designed to be a stepping-stone between EQIP and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), to help producers improve their level of conservation and earn benefits of longer-term conservation enhancements.
While applications for EQIP-CIC are accepted throughout the year, interested producers should submit applications to their local NRCS office by January 27 to be considered for the 2023 ranking funding period. Applications accepted after January 27 will be considered in the next signup. All applications are competitive and are ranked based on national, state and locally identified resource priorities and the overall benefit to the environment.
Each applicant must establish themselves as a USDA customer and obtain all Farm Service Agency (FSA) eligibility requirements by March 1, 2023. For more information, please visit our website or contact your local service center.
–USDA NRCS New York