USDA-NRCS-CO: Colorado Ag Landowners are Encouraged to Apply for Conservation Funding

Denver, CO: USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Colorado is still accepting applications for enrollment into the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Producers interested in implementing conservation practices to improve natural resources on their private agricultural land are encouraged to contact their local NRCS field office today. Applications MUST be submitted by 4:00pm on Friday, January 8, 2021.

EQIP is a voluntary Farm Bill program that helps agricultural producers make conservation work for them. Through EQIP, agricultural producers receive financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices that optimize environmental benefits on working agricultural land.

The opportunities to participate in EQIP are diverse. There are specific opportunities for socially disadvantaged, new and beginning farmers, landowners impacted by the 2020 wildfires and salinity, and those with interests in organics, improving wildlife habitat, forest health and so much more. See Colorado’s 2021 EQIP funding opportunities listed below:

Producers must have farm records current with the Farm Service Agency to be considered for financial assistance through EQIP. Applications are accepted at all Colorado NRCS offices located in USDA Service Centers across the state. Find out more information about how to apply for EQIP and locate local Colorado NRCS field offices today. Applications MUST be submitted to NRCS by 4:00pm on Friday, January 8, 2021.

When visiting with NRCS staff about the EQIP program, landowners are encouraged to inquire about NRCS’ comprehensive conservation plans. The Agency continually strives to put conservation planning at the forefront of its programs and initiatives. Conservation plans provide landowners with a comprehensive inventory and assessment of their resources, as well as an appropriate start to improving the quality of soil, water, air, plants, and wildlife on their land.

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By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.