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Application Period for popular conservation program closes August 30

Gail Bartok, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs

EQIP Provides Conservation Assistance on Agricultural and Forest Land

SOMERSET, July 29, 2019 –Applications for the FY2020 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) are due by August 30th. State Conservationist Carrie Lindig with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service said, “We want to remind New Jersey agricultural producers and forest land managers to contact their local NRCS office by the end of August. We are closing the application period earlier than in past years to ensure there is ample time to get contracts signed and planning underway so that conservation activities can be accomplished in the summer of 2020.” Funding for general EQIP, EQIP Conservation Activity Plans and EQIP Initiatives is available.

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program provides financial assistance for a variety of conservation activities. The Program can help agricultural producers address issues such as animal waste management, efficient irrigation, erosion control, improving soil health, wildlife habitat improvement, and more by incorporating conservation into their farming operations. The Golden Winged Warbler Initiative in north Jersey and the National Water Quality Initiative in south Jersey are offered through EQIP.

New Jersey expects to receive between $5 to $6 million in 2020 for EQIP activities. NRCS provides financial and technical assistance to help agricultural producers address resource concerns through conservation programs authorized by the Farm Bill. NRCS accepts applications for conservation programs year-round. Applications are processed when funding becomes available. Interested producers should visit their local NRCS service center and the NJ NRCS website ( for more information.

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