The United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is now accepting applications from Delaware farmers and forest landowners who want to further enhance the sustainability of their land.

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is now accepting applications from Delaware farmers and forest landowners who want to further enhance the sustainability of their land.

Farmers can apply for financial assistance to address natural resource concerns through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and Agricultural Management Assistance program. The first application cutoff date for fiscal year 2016 is Oct. 16 for both EQIP and AMA.

Eligible producers with a conservation plan for their operation receive priority for financial assistance. NRCS staff is available to help producers create conservation plans.

To apply, call 302-856-3990, ext. 3, in Sussex County; 302-741-2600, ext. 3, in Kent County; and 302-832-3100, ext. 3, in New Castle County. For more information, visit de.nrcs.usda.gov.