NRCS Sets EQIP Funding Deadline

BOZEMAN, Mont., April 30, 2015–The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has set a June 1, 2015 application cutoff for agricultural operators to be considered for 2016 conservation program funding through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. NRCS provides funding and technical assistance to help farmers and ranchers implement conservation practices that provide environmental benefits to help sustain agricultural operations. Conservation program participation is voluntary and helps private landowners and operators defray the costs of installing conservation practices.NRCS accepts conservation program applications year-round; however, applications for 2016 funding consideration must be submitted by June 1, 2015. Applications made after the June 1 cutoff will be considered in the next funding cycle. Additional information is available on the Montana NRCS website at www.mt.nrcs.usda.gov under the Programs tab.