Farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners can plan for next year and apply for U.S. Department of Agriculture conservation funding. Applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) or the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) are due Nov. 19 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.

For more information, visit www.mn.nrcs.usda.gov

This article was submitted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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