COLCHESTER, VT, October 8, 2020--The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Vermont announced that November 20, 2020, is the next cut-off date to apply for fiscal year 2021 conservation program assistance through the Agricultural Management Assistance Program (AMA) and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). "These NRCS conservation programs provide tremendous support to Vermont farmers and landowners interested in protecting and improving soil and water quality," said State Conservationist Vicky Drew. While both conservation programs are offered through a continuous signup, NRCS makes periodic funding selections throughout the year. The first established deadline for requesting conservation program assistance is November 20.
NRCS conservation programs support farmers, ranchers, forestland managers and landowners by helping them conserve natural resources through both technical and financial assistance for a variety of conservation activities, such as cover crops, rotational grazing systems, field buffers, animal waste management systems, and restoration and management of wildlife habitat.