Nevada, Wisconsin announce additional EQIP opportunities

The EQIP program offers voluntary financial and technical assistance to support agricultural environmental quality and conservation on private lands.
EDITED BY LUKE REYNOLDS
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The Natural Resources Conservation Service, Washington, D.C., under the United States Department of Agriculture, announced funding opportunities for farmers and ranchers in Nevada and Wisconsin through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program for fiscal year 2024.  

In Nevada, approximately $8 million is available for producers under the Inflation Reduction Act funding stream, with applications due before 4 p.m. on May 31, 2024. In Wisconsin, agricultural producers, farmers, and forest landowners have until May 17, 2024, to apply for the second round of EQIP and Regional Conservation Partnership Program funding. 

The EQIP program offers voluntary financial and technical assistance to support agricultural environmental quality and conservation on private lands. It focuses on practices that enhance carbon sequestration, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve energy and improve soil health.  

In Nevada, the third ranking period is now open for application submissions, aiming to leverage the IRA to boost conservation efforts. Late applications will be considered in the subsequent funding cycle. EQIP in Nevada also supports water management entities, such as state irrigation districts and groundwater management districts, in improving water distribution or conservation systems. 

Josh Odekirk, the acting state conservationist in Wisconsin, highlighted the importance of early application to allow NRCS staff sufficient time to assist in planning conservation practices that align with applicants’ goals. Last year, Wisconsin NRCS invested $39.2 million in conservation practices through EQIP and RCPP, supporting over 120 different conservation practices. 

“The 2018 Farm Bill and the Inflation Reduction Act allow NRCS to support conservation that ensures cost-effective financial assistance for improved soil health, water and air quality and other natural resources benefits,” says Odekirk. “By submitting EQIP and RCPP applications now, NRCS staff will have sufficient time to assist in planning conservation practices that align with the applicant’s conservation goals for their operation.” 

Both states offer special funding opportunities for historically underserved groups, providing them with the option of advance payments to cover costs associated with purchasing materials or contracting services. These initiatives are part of a broader effort by NRCS to enhance access to conservation programs and support sustainable agricultural practices across the United States. 

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