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NRCS Accepting 2014 General EQIP Applications through Jan. 17, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Dec. 16, 2013 – Farmers and landowners in Arkansas have until Jan. 17, 2014, to submit applications to receive financial assistance to implement conservation activities through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for the 2014 program year.  Applicants can sign up at their local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service field service center.

Individuals and other entities actively engaged in agricultural production are eligible to participate in EQIP.  The EQIP deadline is for consideration in the local and state funding categories.

LOCAL & STATEWIDE FUNDING

The local categories are intended to focus on the primary resource issues in a localized area, as identified by the locally-led conservation workgroup representatives for each county.  The statewide categories are designed to address the resource concerns of water quality issues related to animal manure management and sedimentation, improved management of irrigation water and reduction in ground water use, forestland enhancement, livestock production, reduction of erosion, and improvement of wildlife habitat.

All applications will be evaluated for funding based on a state and national developed procedure to optimize environmental benefits.  Applications ranking highest in a funding category will be funded subject to availability of program funds. 

Applications competing for statewide funding must be eligible, evaluated and ranked by Feb. 14, 2014.  Funding selections of eligible applications will be completed by Feb. 18, 2014, and obligations must be finalized no later than April 1, 2014.  Applications not received by Jan. 17, 2014, will not be considered during this ranking period.

For more information, contact the local USDA/NRCS field service center.