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APPLICATIONS FOR THE USDA-NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE’S ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY INCENTIVES PROGRAM DUE DECEMBER 6, 2013

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Chris Groskreutz
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ATHENS, GA, (October 28, 2013)-- State Conservationist James E. Tillman, Sr., for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Georgia today announced that the 2014 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) applications are due by December 6, 2013 to be considered for funding in fiscal year 2014.

Applications can be taken at all NRCS offices and USDA Service Centers. EQIP is a voluntary program that funds conservation practices based on identified natural resource concerns affecting qualified land uses. EQIP conservation practices include, but are 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 at www.ga.nrcs.usda.gov under the Programs tab.

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