Producers should visit their local USDA service center before the first application pool closes on April 3, 2020, to apply for this opportunity. If funding permits, a second application pool will close May 15, 2020. If already a USDA client, a producer can submit applications online via Conservation Client Gateway.

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Texas is accepting applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) as part of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Three RCPP projects are being included in this effort: The Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture (OPJV) – Grassland Restoration Incentives Program (GRIP) Partnership; the Gulf Coast Water and Wildlife (GCWW) RCPP and Hill Country Headwaters Conservation Initiative (HCHCI) RCPP. A total of nearly $1.8 million has been set aside for these projects in Texas.
These special RCPP EQIP initiatives are open to applicants in the Texas counties that have been described and approved as focal counties for each of these projects. The application deadline is April 3 for both the OPJV-GRIP and GCWW RCPP and May 15 for the HCHCI RCPP.  All applications must be received by NRCS Field Offices by the deadline date to be considered for those funding cycles. All interested and eligible producers in the project’s identified counties are encouraged to apply.
To read the full press release from Natural Resource Conservation Services of Texas, click here.