Certain RCPP fund pools are also eligible for the early obligation. These RCPP projects are: Yakama Nation On-Reservation Lower Yakima Basin Restoration Project, lead partner – Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation; Confederated Tribes of Colville Reservation, lead partner – Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation; Precision Conservation for Salmon and Water Quality in the Puget Sound, lead partner – Washington State Conservation Commission; Upper Columbia Irrigation Enhancement Project, lead partner – Trout Unlimited; WRIA 1 Salmon Recovery and Water Quality, lead partner – Whatcom Conservation District; Puyallup Watershed Partnership, lead partner – Pierce Conservation District. For more information about these RCPP project areas, please contact the listed lead conservation partner or NRCS.
Although applications are accepted on a year-round basis and other EQIP signup periods will be announced in 2019, eligible producers and entities interested in the early obligation for fiscal year 2019 need to submit their application and meet eligibility requirements for consideration by the cut-off date of Nov. 2, 2018. According to Acting Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, Keith Griswold, “…while EQIP applications are accepted on a continuous signup basis, if you are interested in applying for 2019 early obligation funding, you must submit your application and meet eligibility requirements at your local USDA-NRCS service center by Nov. 2, 2018. Other EQIP signup periods will be announced later.”