Conservation Service announces new cut-off for water quality 

Published 6:49 am Friday, April 6, 2018


News Release

Lexington – The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Kentucky is encouraging landowners, farmers and producers to visit their local NRCS office now to receive information and apply for conservation technical assistance and possible funding opportunities.

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The application process for NRCS’s conservation programs is continuous, but funding selections for specific programs are made throughout the year. For the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Kentucky NRCS is in the process of funding applications from the first batching period which ended Nove.17, 2017. Kentucky NRCS has announced a second batching cut-off for applications that are eligible within the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) counties) effort. The second batching cut-off for these two EQIP opportunities will be May 18. 

NWQI assists producers to address high-priority water resource concerns in small watersheds with streams or water bodies that have been targeted based on specific environmental concerns. Kentucky has four NWQI watersheds: 3 of which are located in South East Mercer and North East Boyle Co, Mocks Branch, Clarks Run, Cane Run. Visit your local NRCS office or visit us on the web at to see if your land falls within one of the four watersheds.

For more information about EQIP or the other programs offered by NRCS, visit us on the web at or contact your local NRCS service center at