The Environmental Quality Incentives Program application deadline is Friday, Jan. 18, to be considered for Fiscal Year 2019 funding. A producer or landlower must submit a signed application to their Natural Resources Conservation Service office.

The EQIP program provides financial and technical assistance to help landowners voluntarily implement conservation practices to improve natural resources. Payment is provided for a variety of practices to address resource concerns related to • water quality, • grazing land health, • soil erosion and health, • wildlife habitat and others.

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Eligible applications will be ranked and contracts awarded. Applications with higher quality and quantity of proposed conservation and environmental benefits get higher scores.

To learn about technical and financial assistance available through conservation programs contact your nearest NRCS office. Goodhue County's office can be reached at 651-923-5300 or in person at 104 E. Third Ave., Goodhue. For more information go to: