Applications Now Due March 9 for
Conservation Programs in Delaware
Del., Feb. 22, 2012 – The USDA Natural Resources
Conservation Service (NRCS) in Delaware has announced that the application
cutoff date for assistance through the Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA)
program and Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) has been extended to March
9, 2012 due to additional funds. Delaware NRCS is encouraging interested
producers to apply for technical and financial assistance to implement voluntary
conservation measures on their operation in fiscal year (FY) 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, and composters.
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, wetland restoration
(including spraying of invasive species such as phragmites), and more.
In addition, the application cutoff date for
applying for technical and financial assistance for forestry and poultry
remediation practices has also been extended to March 9 under the
popular Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Forestry
practices include tree planting, tree thinning, forest stand
improvement, and more. Poultry remediation practices include
demolishing the abandoned chicken house and grinding the wood,
excavating the soil and land-applying it to cropland; and replacing the
nutrient-rich soil pad with clean soil and reseeding the site.
Practices under AMA, WHIP, and EQIP are offered
through a continuous signup, but NRCS periodically makes funding
selections as program dollars allow. 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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