Up to $1 million in grant funding is available annually through 2026 for MAGSA growers as part of NRCS’s Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) WaterSMART Initiative.
To support growers in applying for this funding, MAGSA hosted an educational webinar on August 10 in partnership with the Farm Service Agency and NRCS where 44 participants learned more about eligibility requirements, projects they can receive funding for, important application steps, and more. The MAGSA team also developed a digital Application Guide to walk growers through the entire EQIP application process.
EQIP WaterSMART Application: Pathway to Success
The recommended EQIP application period is October 1st through December 1st, 2022. Before submitting an NRCS EQIP application, MAGSA growers must enroll in the Farm Service Agency as soon as possible.
Once MAGSA growers have completed their EQIP application forms, they will need to submit them to NRCS. MAGSA is hosting four Application Drop-Off events so growers can drop off their forms in Kerman rather than the Fresno NRCS field office. Growers can also attend to receive application feedback directly from an NRCS Soil Conservationist.
These EQIP Application Drop-Off events are happening from 11:30 AM-2:30 PM at the Kerman Community Center on the following Fridays:
- October 14
- October 21
- November 4
- November 18