NRCS announces sign-up period for conservation initiatives

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for financial assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), including several special initiatives offered in Louisiana.  Producers interested in participating in EQIP should reach out to their local NRCS office and apply by November 18, 2022, for fiscal year 2023 first round of funding consideration.  

“Financial assistance is available for producers who are looking for ways to improve the natural resources on their land including soil, water and air quality and enhance wildlife habitat on their land,” explained Chad Kacir, State Conservationist for Louisiana.  “I encourage all farmers and ranchers who are interested in applying for EQIP to contact their local NRCS office.”

EQIP is a voluntary conservation program that helps agricultural producers improve water and air quality, build healthier soil, improve grazing and forest lands, conserve energy, enhance organic operations, and achieve other environmental benefits.  Applications for EQIP funding are accepted from agricultural and forestry producers at local USDA Service Centers throughout the year in a continuous sign-up process.  However, NRCS evaluates applications during announced ranking periods.  To be eligible for first-round funding for

FY-2023, producers should have their applications submitted to NRCS by November 18, 2022.

Your local USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service Center is located at 

216B Broadway Street, Minden, LA.  Telephone: 318-377-3950 Ext. 3