The deadline to submit initial paperwork has been set for Oct. 1 for Iowa farmers interested in enrolling in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) or the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

Administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), CSP and EQIP provide assistance addressing natural resource concerns. CSP is designed to enhance existing conservation efforts operation-wide. To be eligible, producers must demonstrate their current conservation efforts, address resource concerns for their region, and be willing to implement additional practices.   

EQIP is designed to help producers implement conservation that focuses on a particular resource concern, such as erosion or water quality, with a single practice or project. 

When applying, farmers develop a plan with their local NRCS staff. Farmers interested in applying should call their local NRCS office to set up an appointment.

A list of local offices can be found at offices.sc.egov.usda.gov.