SALINA - To improve water quality impairments in the middle and lower Neosho River watersheds in Kansas, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Kansas Department of Agriculture-Division of Conservation (DOC) and other partners have joined in a Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) to offer financial assistance to help landowners institute water quality improvement conservation practices on their land.

NRCS is providing funding through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). There will be two fiscal year 2018 EQIP application evaluation periods for this RCPP project.

The first application evaluation period will be for applications received by Jan. 19, 2018. The second application evaluation period will be for applications received by March 23, 2018.

In Kansas, portions of Cherokee, Labette, and Neosho Counties are the targeted areas where EQIP funds will be available for agricultural producers interested in implementing conservation practices. Funding will go toward water quality improvement practices such as terraces, grassed waterways, nutrient management, filter strips, grass plantings, as well as others.

For more information, go to the Kansas NRCS Web site or visit your local U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Service Center. To find a service center near you, go to