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NRCS Announces Deadlines for Conservation Program Signups

News Release - Indiana

United States Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service

6013 Lakeside Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN  46278
www.in.nrcs.usda.gov

Indianapolis, IN, November 19, 2012 - Kimberly Neumann, Acting State Conservationist for Indiana’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced today that application deadlines for conservation funding consideration will be January 18, 2013 and March 15, 2013 in order to be considered for Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the following initiative funding: Air Quality, Seasonal High Tunnels, On-Farm Energy, Organic (certified and transitioning), and the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI).

The EQIP program provides financial and technical assistance to help producers with voluntary conservation practices to improve their natural resources.  Funding and technical assistance is provided for variety of practices to maintain or improve resource concerns such as water quality, soil erosion and soil quality, grazing land health and productivity and wildlife habitat development.

“Applications for all NRCS conservation programs are continuously accepted, however these deadlines help us be more efficient in prioritizing and funding applications,” says Neumann.  She encourages any operator or landowner not to wait until the last minute to visit their local U.S. Department of Agriculture Service Center.  Visit www.in.nrcs.usda.gov/contact/directory/field_offices.html to find the nearest office, and make an appointment with an NRCS District Conservationist.

For more information about the EQIP, please contact your local NRCS office.  For more information about technical assistance and conservation programs go to http://www.in.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/.

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Contacts:

Kimberly Neumann, State Conservationist, 317.295.5801 (kimberly.neumann@in.usda.gov)

Teresah Caire, Assistant State Conservationist, Farm Bill Programs, 317.295.5820 (teresah.caire@in.usda.gov)

Rebecca Fletcher, State Public Affairs Specialist, 317.295.5825 (rebecca.fletcher@in.usda.gov)

 

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