NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE (NRCS), Huron, S.D., August 24, 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.
“It is very important for potential program participants to have a conservation plan in place before the program batching date,” says Wurtz. The NRCS provides financial and technical assistance to help farmers and ranchers voluntarily implement conservation practices to improve natural resources on working agricultural lands. Technical assistance is free. Financial assistance is available 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, 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 or visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/Programs/FinancialAssistance/EQIP .