9/22/2016 12:00:00 AM
NRCS ANNOUNCES EQIP PROGRAM SIGNUP DEADLINE OCTOBER 21, 2016
NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE (NRCS), Huron,
September 20, 2016– Applications for the popular Environmental Quality
Incentives Program (EQIP) are batched annually for funding consideration. October 21, 2016, 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) 2017 funding
consideration, according to Jennifer Wurtz, EQIP Program coordinator, with the
NRCS, Huron, SD.
“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 FY17 EQIP funds is October 21, 2016. Wurtz says. “The batching deadline
for this popular conservation program comes around quickly. I encourage any operator or landowner to
apply early, not wait, to visit NRCS in their local U.S. Department of
Agriculture Service Center.
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 or visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/Programs/FinancialAssistance/EQIP .