The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) accepts applications for financial assistance on a continuous basis throughout the year. There will be three ranking periods for the Organic, On-farm Energy and Seasonal High Tunnel Initiatives, all ending on March 30 and June 1, 2012.

Ranking periods for the Air Quality Initiative end March 30, 2012. At the end of a ranking period, the NRCS ranks all submitted proposals for funding consideration. The NRCS will notify all applicants of the results of the rankings and begin developing contracts with selected applicants Through Seasonal High Tunnel Pilot Initiative: The NRCS helps producers plan and implement high tunnels, steel-framed, polyethylene-covered structures that extend growin seasons in an environmentally safe manner. High tunnel benefits include better plant and soil quality, fewer nutrients and pesticides in the environment and better air quality due to fewer vehicles being needed to transport crops. Visit the NRCS National website for more information on how to apply for these initiatives or contact your local NRCS county office.