NRCS Announces May 28, 2021 Application Deadline for National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI)

April 21, 2021

Columbia, MO — The Missouri USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced May 28, 2021 as the cut-off date to apply for Fiscal Year 2021 funds through the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) in two HUC 12 watersheds in Missouri:

Headwaters Petite Creek in Cooper, Moniteau and Morgan Counties, HUC 103001020401

Little Hunting Slough in Butler County, HUC 110100070805

NWQI provides opportunities to accelerate voluntary, on-farm conservation investments focused on water quality improvements where they can deliver the greatest benefit for clean water.

Now in its tenth year, the National Water Quality Initiative is a partnership among NRCS, state water quality agencies and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to identify and address impaired water bodies through voluntary conservation. NRCS provides targeted funding for financial and technical assistance in small watersheds most in need and where farmers can use conservation practices to make a difference.

Conservation systems include practices that promote soil health, reduce erosion and lessen nutrient runoff, such as filter strips, cover crops, reduced tillage and manure management. These practices not only benefit natural resources but enhance agricultural productivity and profitability by improving soil health and optimizing the use of agricultural inputs.

NRCS accepts applications for all its programs on a continuous basis, but application must be filed by May 28, 2021 to be eligible for this targeted NWQI funding. Farmers can submit applications at local NRCS offices.

For more information about NRCS programs and assistance, visit the www.mo.nrcs.usda.gov or contact the NRCS service office serving your county. NRCS employees in county offices can provide more information about how to apply for benefits offered by NRCS.