NRCS is making available $850 million in fiscal year 2023 for
its conservation programs: the Environmental Quality Incentives
Program (EQIP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP),
Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) and Regional
Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).
These funds will provide direct climate mitigation benefits and
will expand access to financial and technical assistance for
producers to advance conservation on their farm or forest land
through practices like cover crops, conservation tillage,
wetland restoration, prescribed grazing, nutrient management,
tree planting, and more.
How to Apply
NRCS accepts producer applications for its conservation programs
year-round, but producers interested in CSP or EQIP financial
assistance through IRA should apply by Illinois’ application
deadline of April 28, 2023 to be considered for funding in the
current cycle. Funding is provided through a competitive process
and will include an opportunity to address the unmet demand from
producers who have previously sought funding for climate-smart
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Producers interested in CSP or EQIP should submit a
signed application (NRCS-CPA-1200 form) to the local NRCS field
office. A blank NRCS-CPA-1200 application form may be obtained from
the NRCS staff. Otherwise, an application may be submitted
through the Farmers.gov website using your farmers.gov account.
Producers who wish to use Farmers.gov, can sign in or
create an account by clicking on “Sign up” in the upper right
portion of the website.
CSP and EQIP applications submitted by April 28, 2023 will be
evaluated by local NRCS staff. The NRCS staff will work with an
applicant to assess land and resource concerns, answer ranking
questions, and determine program eligibility. If an application is
ranked high enough to be funded, the NRCS staff will work with the
applicant to develop a contract.
For more information on CSP and EQIP, contact the local NRCS field
office or visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/il
Public Affairs Specialist
USDA NRCS Illinois]