Temple -- The first funding deadline for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program is March 15, according to the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in Texas.

Applications for NRCS programs are taken year around, but deadlines are announced to rank and fund eligible conservation projects.

Producers interested in signing up for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program should submit applications to their local USDA service center or, if already a USDA client, on-line via Conservation Client Gateway.

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers. Technical assistance is provided without a fee from NRCS specialists to help landowners and land managers plan and implement conservation practices to help them meet their land management goals, address natural resource concerns and improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland.

For additional information, go to the NRCS Texas website. Applications for the program are accepted on a continuous basis. Producers interested in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program can contact their local USDA service center or visit our NRCS EQIP web page.

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