Private landowners and operators who are engaged in forestry, wildlife management, and crop or livestock production that could benefit from technical assistance for planning and designing natural resource conservation activities (a.k.a. practices) may be eligible to participate in the USDA Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
These conservation practices include protection or improvements to air and water resources, improvement of the soil, enable better care for farm animals, management of animal waste, and sustaining our agricultural lands. EQIP also offers financial assistance to make these conservation practices more affordable once a landowner or operator’s application is determined eligible for funding. Participation by a landowner or operator in EQIP is completely voluntary.
Applications to participate in EQIP can be submitted to your local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service at any time. They are then subjected to an extensive eligibility process and are ranked in batches on selected dates throughout the year; the next batch ranking date is Jan. 19.
For more information on EQIP, visit www.nh.nrcs.usda.gov or www.belknapccd.org.