Luther Jones, Acting State Public Affairs Specialist
Applications for the USDA-NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program Due November 2, 2012
ATHENS, GA, (October 2, 2012)--James E. Tillman, Sr., State Conservationist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Georgia today announced that the 2013 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) applications are due by November 2, 2012 to be considered for funding in fiscal year 2013.
Applications can be taken at all NRCS offices and USDA Service Centers. EQIP is a voluntary program that funds conservation practices based on state identified natural resource concerns, such as forestry, grazing, soil erosion, water conservation and water quality. There are about 60
EQIP conservation practices including, but not limited to: pasture and hayland planting, heavy use areas, waste storage facilities, terracing, pest management, tree planting, organic crop assistance, and wildlife habitat management. This list will vary based on locally prioritized conservation practices.
EQIP was originally established under the 1996 Farm Bill. It provides technical and financial assistance to landowners to voluntarily address soil, water and related natural resource concerns on private lands. Conservation plans must be developed for the entire area that will be included in the EQIP contract.
NRCS provides leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, maintain and improve our natural resources and environment.
More information on NRCS conservation programs can be found atwww.ga.nrcs.usda.gov under programs.