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USDA NRCS Farm Bill Program Ranking Areas Announced

Contact:  Christy Morgan
Acting Public Affairs Specialist
859-224-7363
christy.morgan@ky.usda.gov
 

Lexington, KY 11-6-2012—The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) administers the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), a federal program that provides technical and financial assistance to land users to address natural resource concerns.  NRCS is asking for local input for the fiscal year 2013 program.

All EQIP applications are evaluated and available funding is provided to the highest ranked applications.  For fiscal year 2013 EQIP will be administered in Kentucky using four ranking areas across the state.  The ranking areas consist of multiple counties that have been determined to have similar farming operations and resource concerns.  Applicants within each ranking area compete only with others in that ranking area.  NRCS has asked for local input from each of these ranking areas.

Local Working Groups will be meeting in November to provide input for the fiscal year 2013 EQIP.  This is your opportunity to have input regarding the ranking criteria for the EQIP.  Contact your local Conservation District or NRCS office at http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app for meeting time and location. If you will be attending this meeting and require special accommodations, please let them know at that time.

The Local Working Group was established by the 2002 Farm Bill as a group to provide recommendations to NRCS on local natural resource priorities and criteria for conservation activities and programs.  Originally, this group was limited to governmental representatives, however, the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill) made Local Working Group meetings public meetings and all interested persons are invited to attend. Recommendations from this group will be provided to NRCS to be used in developing the criteria used to award EQIP contracts during fiscal year 2013.

Learn more about EQIP and other NRCS programs at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs.

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