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Final Sign-up Date Approaching for Three Farm Bill Programs (GRP, EQIP, WHIP)

Auburn, Ala. January 15, 2010

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Dr. William Puckett reminds landowners that January 29, 2010, is the cutoff date for three Farm Bill Programs.  Applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP), and the Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) will be accepted until close of business on January 29, 2010.  Applications are accepted on a continuous basis; however, selecting applications for funding is completed periodically through batching periods with specific cutoff dates.

EQIP and WHIP offer financial and technical assistance to install structural and management practices on eligible non-federal lands to address natural resource concerns and wildlife habitat restoration. Conservation treatment activities for EQIP and WHIP are carried out in accordance to a conservation plan that is developed with the landowner or manager.

GRP is a voluntary program to assist landowners and operators of private and tribal lands in restoring, protecting, and enhancing grassland, rangeland, pastureland, shrub land, and certain other lands through rental contracts and easements. The program offers producers several enrollment options: 

(1) Rental contracts (duration of 10-years, 15-years, or 20-years)
(2) Easements (permanent or maximum duration authorized by State law)

The Grassland Reserve Program is jointly administered by NRCS and the Farm Service Agency. 

Interested landowners can contact their local NRCS office listed in the telephone book under U.S. Department of Agriculture or online at http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov.  General program information is available on the Alabama NRCS Programs website.

For details, contact your local Natural Resources Conservation Service office.