The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service announced Nov. 17, as the first cut-off date to apply for fiscal year 2018 funds through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.

NRCS accepts applications for EQIP on a continuous basis, but applications must be filed for these programs by Nov. 17 to be eligible for the next round of funding. Producers interested in EQIP should submit a signed application to the local NRCS field office.

“EQIP is the cornerstone program of NRCS, providing financial and technical assistance to help farmers and ranchers put proven and practical conservation practices on the ground,” said State Conservationist Eric B. Banks. “For 2017, Kansas NRCS obligated over 35 million dollars in financial assistance contracts to Kansas producers.”

The EQIP program provides financial and technical assistance to help farmers and ranchers implement conservation practices to improve natural resources on working agricultural lands. Payment is provided for a variety of practices to address resource concerns such as water quality, grazing land health and productivity, soil erosion and soil quality, and wildlife habitat development