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Deadline this week for this year's funding

  Technical and financial assistance is available through USDA's Natural Resources

Conservation Service (NRCS) to help farmers and ranchers in Southern California to make improvements in their operations that can lead to improved air quality. Assistance is made available through NRCS's Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

2017, to be considered for this year's funding. To be ready for EQIP funding consideration, interested applicants will need to submit the application form and meet program eligibility requirements. NRCS staff will work together by developing a conservation plan, which can lead towards approval of the 'EQIP schedule of operations.'

NRCS can help agricultural producers implement conservation practices that reduce air pollution from agricultural sources, including chipping orchard or vineyard debris, tillage management, repower in-use irrigation pump engines, and implementation of "low-dust" nut harvesters.

How To Apply For EQIP

Download and complete the EQIP application form (Form NRCS-CPA-1200), to establish or update "farm records" with the Farm Service Agency, and submit all other required information to the local NRCS field office prior to application deadlines.

Step-by-step assistance can be found at 

Click here for information if you want to visit your local NRCS field office, in your local USDA Service Center.