Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Oct. 21 deadline approaches for ag producers to apply for assistance

Assistance Helps Farmers, Ranchers Conserve Natural Resources

Application deadline nears for financial assistance


GAINESVILLE, Fla., Oct. 12, 2016 — The Oct. 21 deadline is nearing for Florida farmers, ranchers and forest owners to apply for financial and technical assistance from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for fiscal year 2017 funding. Although applications are accepted on a continuous basis for all programs, funding selections are typically made once a year.


Through EQIP, agricultural landowners may receive financial and technical assistance to improve soil, water, air, plants, animals and related resources. Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, pastureland, private non-industrial forestland and other farm or ranch lands. The application deadline also applies to the following EQIP-funded initiatives:


·         Organic Producer Initiative

·         Seasonal High Tunnels

·         Energy Initiative

·         Pollinator Initiative

·         Everglades Initiative

·         Longleaf Pine Initiative

·         National Water Quality Initiative

·         Working Lands for Wildlife

·         Gulf of Mexico Initiative

·         Strikeforce


Begin by visiting your local NRCS field office. To learn about technical and financial assistance available from NRCS, go to Getting Started with NRCS.




Renee Bodine


Public Affairs Florida

Desk 352.338.9565

Cell 352.514.8292


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