The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Idaho plans to accept special-project applications through May 17 through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
The agency said in a release that it encourages people to apply for EQIP funding for work such as wind-erosion prevention corridors, monarch butterfly habitat improvement, low-energy sprinkler and precision applications in Minidoka and Cassia counties in the state’s south-central region, and WaterSmart Idaho conservation and sustainability.
NRCS is encouraging applications under national efforts such as the Sage Grouse Initiative, as well as Regional Conservation Partnership work involving the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer Monitoring and Watershed Implementation Project, ESPA stabilization, and the Farmers Co-Operative Ditch Co. sediment-reduction project near Parma.
NRCS accepts applications continuously. The deadline relates to a current funding cycle. Applications received later will be reviewed in subsequent funding periods.
EQIP helps agricultural producers complete resource conservation projects and make conservation-related management changes. Participation is voluntary, and helps private landowners and operators defray installation costs.