Sign up Underway for Federal Conservation Programs in Delaware
Sign-up deadline for assistance in FY2012 is October 7, 2011
Dover, Del., August 26, 2011 – The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Delaware is encouraging producers to sign up for technical and financial assistance through two popular conservation programs by October 7, 2011-- the Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) program and the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP. Program applications received before October 7 will be considered for funding in fiscal year 2012 (October 1, 2011- September 30, 2012).
AMA provides payments to agricultural producers to voluntarily address issues such as water quality, water management, and erosion control by incorporating conservation practices into their farming operations. Conservation practices eligible for funding include, but are not limited to nutrient management, cover crops, poultry windbreaks, manure storage, composters, and conservation cover.
WHIP offers technical and financial assistance to private landowners who want to develop and improve high quality habitat that supports fish and wildlife populations of significance. Land eligible for WHIP includes private agricultural or forest land. Practices eligible for WHIP funding include conservation cover, windbreaks, filter strips, riparian forest buffers, wetlands restoration and more.
All interested landowners must have an active conservation plan so that their program applications can be considered when funding is made available. A conservation plan is a voluntary technical tool that helps landowners identify conservation measures that provide the greatest conservation benefits on the land.
For additional information on NRCS or these voluntary conservation programs, visit www.de.nrcs.usda.gov. Or, contact the local USDA Service Center nearest you. In Kent County, call 302-741-2600 x3; in Sussex, call 302-856-3990, x3 and in New Castle, call 302-832-3100 x3.
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