2020 News

FY21 EQIP Deadline

Tennessee Landowners Interested in Improving Natural Resources Encouraged to Apply for NRCS Assistance
Deadline to Apply is November 20, 2020

NASHVILLE, October 19, 2020 – The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is now accepting applications from Tennessee producers and landowners who are interested in implementing conservation practices to improve natural resources on their farm or forest land. Funding is available through the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), and the deadline to apply for fiscal year 2021 funding is November 20, 2020.

“We accept applications for the EQIP program on a continuous basis, however only applications received by November 20 will be considered for funding this fiscal year,” said Tennessee NRCS State Conservationist Sheldon Hightower. “EQIP places a priority on water quality, water conservation, and promotes soil health practices by offering financial and technical assistance to address these resource concerns on eligible agricultural land.”

EQIP is an incentives program that provides financial assistance for conservation systems such as, but not limited to, animal waste management facilities, fencing, and water supply development for improved grazing management, riparian protection, and wildlife habitat enhancement.

Applications can be taken at all Tennessee NRCS offices and USDA Service Centers. To locate an office near you, please click on this link: Applications MUST be received in your local Service Center by close of business on Friday, November 20, 2020.

NRCS continually strives to put conservation planning at the forefront of its programs and initiatives. Conservation plans provide landowners with a comprehensive inventory and assessment of their resources and an appropriate start to improving the quality of soil, water, air, plants, and wildlife on their land.


Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2

CFAP 2 Makes Additional Funds Available to Producers

Are you a farmer of rancher whose operations has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? USDA is implementing Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19.

President Trump and Secretary Sonny Perdue recently announced that USDA is going to make an additional $14 billion available for agricultural producers who continue to face impacts from the pandemic. Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 signup began on Monday, September 21, 2020 and will continue through December 11, 2020. Payments will be made for three categories of commodities: price trigger commodities (major commodities that meet a minimum 5-percent decline over a specified period of time), flat-rate crops (crops that either do not meet the 5-percent price decline trigger or do not have data available to calculate a price change), and sales commodities (includes specialty crops, aquaculture, nursery crops, floriculture, and certain other commodities).

You can learn more about this program by visiting the CFAP 2 page on There you will find resources including the new CFAP 2 Eligible Commodities Finder to easily identify payment rates, online and manual options to help producers apply, training webinars, frequently asked questions, a fact sheet, and a stakeholder toolkit. You may also contact FSA’s call center, 877-508-8364, for one-on-one support with the CFAP 2 application process.


Putnam County Soil Conservation District Board Meeting

The Putnam County Soil Conservation District will have our monthly board meeting on Monday, October 5, 2020.