Tag Archives: NRCS

NRCS announces new riparian buffer program

The Washington state office of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is launching a new voluntary Riparian Buffer Program in fiscal year 2023 that will compensate producers not only for things such as time, materials, labor and equipment required to install the buffers, but also for the income the land put into buffers would have produced. According to NRCS in ... Read More »

Getting EQIP-ed

Program lets farmers test conservation practices before committing entire operation By Trista Crossley Editor, Wheat Life Producers interested in exploring conservation practices without committing their entire operation have until Oct. 13 to consider a relatively new program offered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The Environmental Quality Incentives Program-Conservation Incentive Contracts (EQIP-CIC) is meant to fill the gap between ... Read More »

USDA to Invest $8 Million to Expand Monitoring of Soil Carbon

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to invest $8 million to support and expand monitoring of carbon in soil on working agricultural lands as well as assess how climate-smart practices are affecting carbon sequestration. This is part of USDA’s efforts to build out a national soil carbon monitoring network, which was kicked off with soil carbon monitoring on Conservation ... Read More »

NRCS-WA announces EQIP-CIC deadline

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Washington has set the application deadline for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program – Conservation Incentive Contracts (EQIP-CIC) in Washington to Jan. 24, 2022. EQIP-CIC is a voluntary conservation program administered by NRCS that offers farmers, ranchers and nonindustrial private forest landowners financial and technical assistance to help plan and implement ... Read More »

FSA disaster program availability

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) provides assistance to qualifying farmers and ranchers within Washington state to help them recover from production or physical losses due to natural disaster events, such as the fires currently burning. This assistance is provided through FSA’s Emergency Loan Program or one of its many disaster programs. Below is a quick overview of FSA’s disaster programs ... Read More »

NRCS announces 2021 EQIP Classic signup

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced this week that the application deadlines for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Classic in Washington state with a strong focus on conservation planning, conservation implementation, and solving natural resource concerns. EQIP is a voluntary, technical and financial assistance program designed to help farmers, ranchers, private forestland owners, Tribes and other private landowners/managers ... Read More »

NRCS webinar recording link

Last week, WAWG’s AMMO program partnered with NRCS to host a webinar, covering topics of timelines, the new ranking tool, changes to CSP and EQIP, eligibility requirements, payment schedules, and more. A recording of the link can be found HERE. We apologize for the sound quality, it does improve a few minutes in. Presentation materials can be found HERE. We ... Read More »

USDA announces application deadline for CSP classic

The next deadline for Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) classic applications to be considered for funding this fiscal year is May 29, 2020. Through CSP, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps farmers, ranchers and forest landowners earn payments for expanding conservation activities while maintaining agricultural production on their land. CSP also encourages adoption of new technologies and management techniques. “CSP ... Read More »

Temporary fix offered for Douglas County CRP issue

There’s some good news for Douglas County producers who are wondering what to do with their expiring Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acreage. At February’s state board meeting of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG), Jon Wyss, Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Washington state executive director, announced a temporary fix for growers in Douglas County who are ineligible for the current ... Read More »

November deadline for popular USDA conservation program

From NRCS USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced recently that the application deadline for early obligation fund pools within the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) in Washington state. The early obligation EQIP funding pools include EQIP national initiatives such as organic, high tunnel, conservation activity plans, wildfire recovery and sage grouse initiatives. For more information about these initiatives, please ... Read More »