INDIANAPOLIS — Jerry Raynor, NRCS State Conservationist for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Indiana, announced that January 21 will be the first-round funding signup date for Conservation Incentive Contracts (CIC), a new option available through the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP).
EQIP is a voluntary conservation program available for agricultural producers. Through EQIP, NRCS provides financial and technical assistance to install conservation practices that reduce soil erosion and sedimentation, improve soil health, improve water and air quality and create wildlife habitat.
In fiscal year 2022, NRCS expanded EQIP to include Conservation Incentive Contracts. This option enhances resource benefits for producers through incentive conservation practices such as cover crops, transition to resource conserving crop rotations and precision agriculture technologies on cropland.
“EQIP incentive contracts can be a steppingstone for producers who want to transition from EQIP classic to Conservation Stewardship Program contracts,” said Raynor. “It allows producers to apply management practices on their operation, which can then be a gateway to CSP enrollment and achievement of a higher level of conservation stewardship on their entire operation.”
Producers interested in EQIP funding should submit a signed application to the local NRCS field office. While applications are accepted on a continuous basis, interested producers should submit applications to their local NRCS office by January 21 to be considered for this funding period. Participants in EQIP must meet eligibility requirements. NRCS staff will work with producers to determine eligibility and complete necessary worksheets and rankings in order for the applicant to compete for funding.
For more information about EQIP and other technical and financial assistance available through Indiana NRCS conservation programs, visit http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/in/programs/financial/eqip/ or contact your county’s District Conservationist http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/in/contact/local/.
— USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service