Montana NRCS announces 2019 pollinator initiative

Thursday, April 25, 2019

HELENA — The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering additional funding through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to target honey bee pollinator resource concerns in Montana in 2019, according to an NRCS news release.

While NRCS accepts EQIP applications on a continuous basis, NRCS has set a deadline of May 10 to apply for this 2019 initiative funding.

According to the news release, NRCS will work with agricultural producers to combat future bee declines by helping them to implement conservation practices that provide forage for honey bees while enhancing habitat for other pollinators and wildlife. “EQIP offers financial and technical assistance to eligible participants to install or implement structural and management practices on eligible agricultural land,” the news release noted. Conservation practices must be implemented to NRCS standards and specifications. In Montana, socially disadvantaged, limited resource, and beginning farmers and ranchers receive higher payment for eligible conservation practices applied.

For more information about EQIP, or other programs offered by NRCS, contact your local USDA Service Center or visit

— by Star Staff