The Natural Resource Conservation Service can help protect private non-industrial forests from fire, and assists agricultural producers improve irrigation efficiency, achieve better grazing distribution, reduce soil erosion, and improve water quality.
EQIP, NRCS’s largest cost share program, helps eligible producers implement conservation practices that address a wide range of natural resource concerns addressed in their conservation plan. Fifty percent and greater cost sharing may be available for conservation assistance on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland.
Private timber, ranch, farm operators and tribes who are interested in applying for financial assistance to implement conservation practices with cost shares from the USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) have until Friday, Nov. 16, to apply for funding assistance.
The application deadline applies to the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) initiatives and existing partnership agreements through the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative.
This deadline has been established contingent on passage of a new Farm Bill, or reauthorization of the existing 2008 Farm Bill. Applications received by Nov. 16 will be evaluated for funding priority, and contracted once appropriations are received. Applications received after that date will be deferred for future funding.
Eligible producers with an existing conservation plan on their property will receive priority for financial assistance. NRCS staff is available to help producers create conservation plans on a first-come, first-served basis.
For additional information, please contact Danny Marquis, district conservationist for El Dorado County at 530-295-5631 or come to 100-A Forni Road, Placerville.