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USDA-NRCS opens call for ’21 environmental quality incentives program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Caribbean announced the first sign-up period for Fiscal 2021 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funding to address farmers’ natural resource concerns.

EQIP is a voluntary conservation program that provides financial and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers to help install and implement conservation practices on eligible agricultural land, said USDA-NRCS Area Director Luis Cruz-Arroyo

Through EQIP, NRCS helps farmers in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands improve agricultural production and environmental quality, he said.

EQIP applications are accepted year-round, however, NRCS sets application “cut-off” or submission deadlines to evaluate, rank and approve eligible applications.

The following are the cut-off dates for fiscal year 2021:

  • EQIP Period 1 cut-off date: Oct. 30, 2020
  • EQIP FY 2021 Evaluation and Ranking deadline: Feb. 26, 2021
  • EQIP FY 2021 Obligation deadline: June 11, 2021

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