NRCS announces program signup for EQIP

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Farm Forum

Huron, S.D. – Applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) are batched annually for funding consideration. October 16, 2015, is the date by which an operator or landowner must sign an application at their local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 funding consideration, according to Jennifer Wurtz, EQIP Program coordinator, with the NRCS.

The EQIP program provides financial and technical assistance to help farmers and ranchers voluntary implement conservation practices to improve natural resources on working agricultural lands. Payment is provided for a variety of practices to address resource concerns such as water quality, grazing land health and productivity, soil erosion and soil quality, and wildlife habitat development.

Applications for all NRCS conservation programs are accepted continuously, however the application batching date, or call for ranking, for FY16 EQIP funds is October 16, 2015. Wurtz says. “The batching deadline for this popular conservation program comes around quickly. I encourage any operator or landowner to apply early, not wait, and visit your local NRCS office to work on the development of a conservation plan. Having a conservation plan in place will aid in the development of a conservation program application down the road.”

For information about technical assistance and conservation programs, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted. For more information about the EQIP or to apply, please contact your local NRCS office.