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Landowners Encouraged to Apply Now for Conservation Funding

. . .  October 18th is sign-up deadline

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, September 5 — The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is now accepting applications from private landowners and tribes for assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) and Agriculture Management Assistance (AMA) program. While the application process for these Farm Bill conservation programs is continuous, funding selections are only made once a year.

“EQIP is one of the primary conservation program available to farmers for farm and ranch conservation practices, offering financial and technical assistance for numerous conservation practices,” State Conservationist Dave Brown said.
NRCS continues to work in partnership with private landowners and conservation and agricultural groups to identify and prioritize natural resource concerns within communities across Utah. This local guidance ensures that NRCS works collaboratively with landowners, land managers, and conservation partners to address and improve resource issues on a landscape scale.

“Our mission is to solve natural resource problems by placing the money Congress invests in conservation with landowners who have a stewardship commitment to make a difference,” said Brown.

Farmers can sign up at the NRCS office generally located in USDA Service Centers statewide. NRCS anticipates nearly $14 million in funds for Utah producers. The deadline for filing an application for consideration assistance is Oct. 18th, 2013.

For application information or assistance with the application process contact your local NRCS office or visit our website at www.ut.nrcs.usda.gov.