The NRCS announced funding opportunities for agricultural producers and private landowners for fiscal year 2022.
Key programs like the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) program and Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) are available to producers in Pennsylvania.
The EQIP is a voluntary conservation program that aims to provide financial and technical assistance to ag producers to address natural resource concerns. Through the program, the NRCS provides assistance to producers to plan and implement conservation practices. Interested applicants should visit the NRCS website for more information.
The AMA program, though the NRCS, Agricultural Marketing Service and Risk Management Agency, helps producers manage financial risk through diversification, marketing or resource conservation practices. The NRCS provides more details on its website.
The ACEP protects the agricultural viability and related conservation values of eligible land through Agricultural Land Easements and Wetland Reserve Easements. The easements protect the agricultural use and conservation values of eligible land. More details on the program and eligibility requirements are available from the NRCS.
While the NRCS accepts applications for the programs year-round, producers and landowners should apply for AMA and EQIP by Jan. 1, 2022, and ACEP by Jan. 4, 2022, to be considered for this year’s funding.