Announces Sign up for Environmental Quality Incentives Program
before October 7 for assistance in fiscal year 2012
Dover, Del., August 10, 2011 –
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering financial and
technical assistance to Delaware producers to implement conservation
practices on their farming operations. Producers are encouraged to
apply for the Environment Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) by October 7
for assistance in the upcoming year.
EQIP is a voluntary, financial assistance program that helps fund
on-farm conservation practices. Practices include those aimed at
managing nutrient run-off and/or animal waste; improving irrigation
efficiency; improving the health of native plant communities; and
reducing soil loss. In fiscal year 2011, NRCS
Delaware producers $4.9 million through 137 EQIP contracts.
farmers transitioning to organic production or already certified as an
organic producer may also qualify for the organic initiative under EQIP.
Organic producers can receive up to $20,000 per year or $80,000 over six
years through this program.
adaptable to meet the various needs of our landowners and address their
natural resource challenges, which may change over time,” said Russell
Morgan, Delaware NRCS State Conservationist. “By implementing these
extra conservation measures, farmers are helping to sustain the
productive agricultural lands and natural resources that we all depend
Applications for EQIP are accepted year-round as it is a continuous
sign-up. Applications received before October 7 will be considered
first for funding; applications received after this date will be
considered for future funding periods.
provides payments for certain conservation practices and activities.
Certain historically underserved producers (limited resource farmers,
beginning farmers, and socially disadvantaged producers) may be eligible
for larger payments.
out more about EQIP or other conservation related topics in your area,
please contact your local USDA Service Center. The USDA is listed in
the blue pages of the phone book under United States Government Offices.
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