(NEWTON) The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced an Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) application deadline of November 2, 2018, for Illinois agricultural and forestry producers. The November deadline is for producers who want to develop a “Conservation Activity Plan” or CAP and receive financial assistance for creating that customized plan. Ivan Dozier, Illinois NRCS State Conservationist, explains “EQIP provides funds to pay for the creation of a CAP that addresses a specific natural resource concern or a particular land use issue. Once the plan is written, the producer can again apply for EQIP to implement their plan and install the different conservation practices and techniques they selected. Producers can use EQIP from start to finish.” Producers interested should submit a signed application to their local NRCS field office or submit one electronically through the Conservation Client Gateway, at www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/cgate. For more details and/or information on this initiative producers should call or stop by their respective NRCS field office.