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NRCS Accepting Applications for AMA, EQIP, and WHIP

Are you an agricultural producer looking to reduce soil erosion and nutrient loss on your cropland or 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, and Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP).

AMA provides financial assistance to eligible agricultural producers. The program provides payments to address issues such as water management, water quality, soil health, and erosion control by incorporating conservation into farming operations.

EQIP provides payments to implement conservation practices on eligible agricultural land. This program promotes environmental quality and agricultural production as compatible goals.

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 to submit applications for the fourth batching period is Friday, March 21, 2014. Applications received after that date will be accepted and considered, if funds are available. 

For more information, contact your nearest USDA Service Center.