NRCS Announces Program Availability
Are you a landowner looking to reduce soil erosion and nutrient loss on your cropland; or a farmer wanting to manage manure and nutrients from livestock; or a forestland owner wanting to better manage woodlands or improve wildlife habitat? If so, you may be eligible for funding assistance from the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
NRCS is accepting applications from landowners interested in implementing conservation practices that improve natural resources on farmland, forestland, and wetland areas through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Program, Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP), and Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP).
AMA provides assistance to eligible agricultural producers to help address issues such as water management, water quality, and erosion control by incorporating conservation into farming operations.
EQIP provides assistance to agricultural producers to help plan and implement conservation practices that address natural resource concerns, and opportunities to improve soil, water, plant, animal, air, and related resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland.
FRPP provides matching funds to help purchase development rights to keep productive farm and ranchland in agricultural uses.
The WHIP program is for conservation-minded landowners who want to develop and improve wildlife habitat on agricultural land, non-industrial private forest land, and Tribal land.
The deadline for the second batching period is Friday, January 17, 2014. Applications received after that date will be accepted and considered, if funds are available.
For more information, contact your nearest USDA Service Center.