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News from the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service

A second batching date has been announced for FY2020 funding for two of the USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service’s (NRCS) conservation programs. Agricultural producers working to improve overall conservation on their farming operation are urged to apply for NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) or Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Program.
 
EQIP is a voluntary program for those engaged in livestock, forestry, or agricultural production – including organics. The program offers financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices on eligible agricultural land. It also provides payments for implementing practices that have a positive environmental impact, while protecting long-term production and sustainability. Eligible crop production includes, but is not limited to, field-grown ornamentals, fruits, orchards, plant materials in greenhouses, row crops, vegetables, and vineyards.
 
AMA provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to voluntarily address issues such as water management through irrigation systems and improvements.
 
Although NRCS accepts applications year-round, to be eligible for current year funding you must ensure your application is submitted to your local NRCS office by
April 17, 2020.
 
Producers have several options to submit applications:
• Fill out the NRCS-CPA-1200 (Conservation Program Application) online, save, then email it to your conservationist at your local service center
• Download the NRCS-CPA-1200, fill it out and either mail it, or scan and email it to your conservationist at your local service center
To find out more, fill out eligibility forms, or obtain an application, contact your local USDA Service Center: 
• Danielson (860) 779-0557
• Hamden (203) 287-8038
• Norwich (860) 887-9941
• Torrington (860) 626-8852
• Windsor (860) 688-7725
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News from the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service

A second batching date has been announced for FY2020 funding for two of the USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service’s (NRCS) conservation programs. Agricultural producers working to improve overall conservation on their farming operation are urged to apply for NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) or Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Program.
 
EQIP is a voluntary program for those engaged in livestock, forestry, or agricultural production – including organics. The program offers financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices on eligible agricultural land. It also provides payments for implementing practices that have a positive environmental impact, while protecting long-term production and sustainability. Eligible crop production includes, but is not limited to, field-grown ornamentals, fruits, orchards, plant materials in greenhouses, row crops, vegetables, and vineyards. 
 
AMA provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to voluntarily address issues such as water management through irrigation systems and improvements. 
 
Although NRCS accepts applications year-round, to be eligible for current year funding you must ensure your application is submitted to your local NRCS office by 
April 17, 2020.
 
Producers have several options to submit applications:
• Fill out the NRCS-CPA-1200 (Conservation Program Application) online, save, then email it to your conservationist at your local service center 
• Download the NRCS-CPA-1200, fill it out and either mail it, or scan and email it to your conservationist at your local service center 
To find out more, fill out eligibility forms, or obtain an application, contact your local USDA Service Center: 
• Danielson (860) 779-0557
• Hamden (203) 287-8038
• Norwich (860) 887-9941
• Torrington (860) 626-8852
• Windsor (860) 688-7725
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