“As part of this partnership effort, NRCS is offering financial and technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners in priority watersheds who are interested in implementing conservation practices to improve water quality,” said Sarah Haymaker, Acting NRCS State Conservationist.
Using funds from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, NRCS will provide funding and advise to producers to install conservation practices such as cover crop, residue and tillage management, grade stabilization structure, nutrient management, prescribed grazing, and animal waste treatment in watersheds with impairments where the federal investment can make a difference to improve water quality.
NRCS accepts applications for financial assistance on a continuous basis throughout the year; however, there are two application ranking periods this fiscal year for the National Water Quality Initiative.
To be considered in the first application ranking pool, applications must be received by May 18, 2012. To be considered in the second ranking application pool, applications must be received by June 15, 2012.