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Drought Relief | Kentucky NRCS

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Assistance for Farmers Impacted by Drought

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Christy Morgan, PAS
859-224-7363
christy.morgan@ky.usda.gov

Lexington,KY, (August 8, 2012) --- Karen Woodrich, State Conservationist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Kentucky announced $128,500 for drought assistance in Kentucky.  Counties designated by the National Climatic Data Center the US Drought Monitor Report (http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu) as experiencing extreme (D3) or exceptional (D4) drought conditions are eligiblefor drought assistance funding through EQIP.  The counties designated as extreme or exceptional according to the drought monitor map are Ballard, Butler, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Crittenden, Daviess, Fulton, Graves, Hancock, Henderson, Hickman, Hopkins, Livingston, Logan, Lyon, Marshall, McLean, McCracken, Muhlenburg, Ohio, Todd, Trigg, Union, and Webster. 

 

     "We're urging producers to get their applications in as soon as possible to be considered for this funding," said Woodrich.  Applications are due at NRCS offices by close of business on August 15, 2012.  The NRCS Office Locator is available at http://go.usa.gov/Uo8.

 

     Practices eligible for drought assistance funding include water wells, pipelines, watering facilities, spring development, animal trails and walkways, forage and biomass plantings, critical area plantings, prescribed grazing, fence, cover crop, and irrigation water management.      

 

     NRCS will also allow flexibility for managing contracts; rescheduling practices that cannot be installed as originally scheduled, or assisting with failed conservation practices due to the drought conditions. 

 

    For more information, Deena Wheby, Assistant STC for Programs,   deena.wheby@ky.usda.gov or 859-224-7403. 

 

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