SOMERSET, March 18, 2014 – New Jersey State Conservationist Carrie Mosley has announced a new sign-up period for the Soil Health Initiative being offered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through the 2014 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). “Eligible producers who apply for the Initiative by April 18 will be given priority to be funded this year,” Mosley said.
Mosley designated $400,000 of 2014 EQIP New Jersey funds for the planning and implementation of multi-species cover crop. Other practices that support soil health, like no-till and nutrient management, are available through the Initiative as companion practices. “We are glad to open this new application period so we can help as many New Jersey farmers as possible to get the soil health benefits of multi-species cover crop,” Mosley said. Agricultural producers who are eligible for EQIP should apply for this Initiative by April 18 for funding this year.
NRCS has identified four principles as useful for improving soil health:
Keep soil covered as much as possible.
Use a variety of cover crop plant species to increase diversity in the soil.
Keep living roots in the soil as long as possible.