FY2014 Environmental Quality Incentives Program
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 6, 2013
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Applications Due December 20
Stillwater, OKLA – Gary O’Neill, USDA-NRCS State Conservationist for Oklahoma, is reminding Oklahoma producers and landowners that applications for EQIP are due in the local NRCS offices on December 20, 2013. O’Neill said, “The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary program that is available to owners of land in agricultural or forest production or persons who are engaged in livestock, agricultural, or forest production on eligible land and that have a natural resource concern to be addressed.”
The EQIP provides financial assistance for eligible producers to help plan and implement conservation practices that address existing natural resource concerns and for opportunities to improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland. Another purpose of EQIP is to help producers meet Federal, State, Tribal and local environmental regulations.
O’Neill added “The EQIP is an important Farm Bill conservation program that helps established farmers as well as beginning, historically underserved, and limited resource producers. This is another example of the work of NRCS in Oklahoma and our efforts together with our partners to address environmental conservation issues and strengthen Oklahoma’s rural economy.”
Eligible landowners and operators in Oklahoma need to apply at their local NRCS office by December 20 to be considered for the current ranking period. While local offices accept EQIP applications throughout the year, NRCS evaluates applications during announced ranking periods. To be eligible for this
enrollment, producers are encouraged to have their applications submitted to NRCS by the closing date.
Learn more about EQIP by viewing the NRCS website at: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov or visiting a local NRCS field office.
NRCS is an equal opportunity provider and employer. All programs and services of NRCS are provided in a nondiscriminatory manner. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all of its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, political beliefs, genetic information, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD)