USDA-NRCS extends application periods for conservation programs
Barbara L. Phillips, Public Affairs Specialist
SOMERSET, October 22, 2013 – State Conservationist Carrie Mosley has extended the application period for two conservation programs to November 15. NRCS offices were closed on October 1 as a result of the government shutdown, and re-opened on October 17, one day before the previously scheduled closing date. All applications received for Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) by November 15, including those received by NRCS prior to October 18th, will be ranked and funds allocated after the new deadline.
“We want to be sure that eligible applicants have time to submit their applications,” said Mosley. “This new deadline will still give us time to get FY2014 conservation projects planned and have them ready to go as soon as Farm Bill funding is available. ”
These voluntary conservation programs are offered by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in New Jersey to support conservation on agricultural and forested land. NRCS professionals work with producers to develop a conservation plan for their operation, design conservation practices, and provide guidance to help implement the plan.
The Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) is a voluntary conservation program that targets beginning and limited resource farmers, small farms, and producers who have had limited participation in other USDA financial assistance programs. AMA provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to address issues such as water management, water quality, and erosion control by incorporating conservation into their farming operations.
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program for persons who are engaged in livestock, forestry or agricultural production, including organic production. EQIP offers financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices on eligible agricultural land, and provides payments for implementing conservation practices that have a positive environmental impact, while protecting long term agricultural production and sustainability.
Visit your local USDA-NRCS office to apply for these and all programs offered by NRCS. Program application periods are provided on the New Jersey NRCS website: www.nj.nrcs.usda.gov.
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