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Iowa NRCS sets cutoff for conservation program applications

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Iowa

Iowa farmers and private landowners interested in treating resource concerns on their lands have until Oct. 1 to be considered for priority funding for conservation programs administered through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Three of the most popular USDA conservation programs are included in this signup period: the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program-Wetland Reserve Easements (ACEP-WRE), the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

NRCS accepts program applications on a continuous basis but sets application cutoff dates as program funding allows. Interested producers and landowners should submit applications to their local NRCS office by the Oct. 1 application cutoff to ensure they are considered for 2022 funding.

Read more about the programs and how to submit applications here.