On September 27, 2023 the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced the availability of federal assistance programs for Agriculture producers in California through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Through these programs more than $100 million is available in funding for on-farm conservation practices including:
- National Air Quality Initiative (NAQI) to assist farmers in replacing outdated engines with new and cleaner-burning technology.
- Activities that support wildlife habitat creation and enhancement on farms and ranches.
- NRCS and Bureau of Reclamation WaterSmart partner projects to help improve water infrastructure, delivery, and application on farms.
- National Water Quality Initiative for targeted conservation actions to improve water quality in the Calleguas Creek and Salt River watersheds.
Interested parties should apply no later than November 3, 2023 to be included in the first application cutoff period. Learn more here.
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