NRCS holding signup for soil health initiative in 13 SD counties

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Huron, SD – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in South Dakota is holding a targeted signup for a pilot Soil Health Initiative with the area of consideration including Brown, Marshall, Day, Roberts, Grant, Deuel, Codington, Hamlin, Clark, Spink, Beadle, Kingsbury, and Brookings Counties.

The application batching date is July 15, 2016. Landowners and producers are encouraged to visit the NRCS office at their local USDA Service Center to find out more information and start developing a conservation plan.

This pilot initiative provides a system approach for conservation that is essential for a healthy soil environment. Producers in northeastern South Dakota (SD) who are interested in building soil health through diverse rotations on their cropland and integrating livestock into their cropping systems are encouraged to sign up for this pilot initiative that is being administered through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

The objective of the initiative is to improve SD’s soil resource through management practices known to build soil health. Practices implemented in this project will increase biological diversity, increase water infiltration, increase soil organic matter, reduce erosion and ultimately provide resiliency to agricultural systems and operations. Practices include Conservation Crop Rotation, Residue and Tillage Management (No-till), Cover Crops, and Prescribed Grazing.

To learn about technical and financial assistance available through conservation programs, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted or local USDA service center.