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Applications Now Due March 9 for Conservation Programs in Delaware

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United States Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service
1221 College Park Drive, Suite 100
Dover, Delaware 19904
 
For More Information:

Tim Garrahan, 302-678-4260
Dastina Wallace, 302-678-4179

Applications Now Due March 9 for Conservation Programs in Delaware

DOVER, 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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