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NRCS Accepting Applications from Ag, Livestock, and Forestry Producers for National Water Quality Initiative Funding Through EQIP

Holly L. Martien

Current Ranking Period Ends March 15, Next Ranking Period Ends April 19

ALEXANDRIA, LOUISIANA, February 21, 2013 — USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) funds from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) are available to help landowners with the cost of installing conservation practices in priority watersheds in Acadia, Catahoula, Lafayette, Tangipahoa, and Vermilion Parishes.  Interested producers and landowners in targeted areas who would like to be considered for funding in the current ranking period should apply now at their local NRCS office.  Any applications received after March 15, 2013 will be considered in the next ranking period which ends April 19, 2013.

“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 Britt Paul, Louisiana’s Acting State Conservationist.  “I encourage any producer who may be interested in water quality conservation practices to visit their local NRCS office and submit an application for funding.”

Through this effort, eligible producers in the following watersheds will invest in voluntary conservation actions to help provide cleaner water for their neighbors and communities:

  • Indian Bayou Watershed (080802020101) – Acadia, Lafayette, and Vermilion Parishes
  • Lake Louis Watershed (080402070303) – Catahoula Parish
  • East Fork Big Creek Watershed (080702050202) – Tangipahoa Parish
  • Big Creek Watershed (080702050203) – Tangipahoa Parish

These watersheds were identified with help from state agencies, partners, and the NRCS State Technical Committee.  To find out if your farm or ranch is located within one of the priority watersheds, visit your local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service office.  To locate your nearest office, visit or look in the telephone directory under “United States Government”.


USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps America’s farmers and ranchers conserve the Nation’s soil, water, air, and other natural resources.  All programs are voluntary and offer science-based solutions that benefit both the landowner and the environment.

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