Farmers, ranchers and forest landowners can plan for next year and apply for USDA conservation funding. Those interested in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program or the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program need to apply by Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, for the first cutoff of funding in 2022. Applications are being taken at all USDA Service Centers in Minnesota.

EQIP is the primary program available to farmers and landowners for farm, ranch and woodland conservation work, offering payments for more than 100 conservation practices. ACEP protects agriculture by restoring or conserving eligible grazing land, and restoring and enhancing eligible wetlands.

Farmers who are interested in practices that may require permits, such as manure storage or streambank restoration, to begin planning and seeking permits as soon as possible.

If funding allows, a second application cutoff will be set later in the year. Applications are accepted continually – the announced dates are the cutoff for ranking.

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