Deadline For Conservation Incentive Contracts Is March 11

LINCOLN – Nebraska farmers and ranchers are being offered financial and technical assistance to plan and implement conservation practices through ‘Conservation Incentive Contracts’.

According to a release from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) agricultural producers have until Friday, March 11 to apply for 2022 funding being provided by the Natural Resources Conservations Services (NRCS).

Conservation Incentive Contracts are options available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) that offers producers financial assistance to adopt conservation management practices on working landscapes. Conservation Incentive Contracts are available nationwide and help producers address priority resource concerns, like sequestering carbon and improving water quality.

Producers may use incentive contracts as a “steppingstone,” from correcting resource issues on specific land units, to achieving sustainable stewardship on their entire operation.

These contracts have an initial length of five years; require producers to address at least one priority resource concern during the contract period and offer two types of payments. One being implementation payments which are paid after completion and certification of a conservation practice while the other is management payments, which include management practices that will serve as annual payments and are paid as soon as practicable after October 1 of each fiscal year.

For more information on Conservation Incentive Contracts, contact NRCS at your local USDA Service Center, or click here for more information.