NRCS Announces Major Conservation Initiatives for 2013
Bozeman--The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for the organic, seasonal high tunnel, and sage-grouse conservation initiatives. All three initiatives offer technical and financial assistance through the agency’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
Applications must be received by Dec. 21, 2012, to be considered for funding in 2013. NRCS will rank all eligible applications in January of 2013. NRCS will notify applicants of ranking results and begin developing contracts with selected applicants.
Organic Initiative: NRCS helps certified organic growers and producers working to achieve organic certification install conservation practices for organic production. Financial assistance is available to help these growers meet the requirements of their Organic System Plan.
Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative: NRCS helps producers implement high tunnels, steel-framed, polyethylene-covered structures that extend growing seasons in an environmentally safe manner. High tunnel benefits include better plant and soil quality, fewer nutrients and pesticides in the environment, and better air quality due to fewer vehicles being needed to transport crops.
Sage-Grouse Initiative: NRCS helps producers enhance and preserve sage-grouse habitat and the sustainability of working ranches and farms in the western United States.
Visit the NRCS Montana Web site at www.mt.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/eqip/ for more information on how to apply for these initiatives. To find an NRCS office near you, use the USDA Service Center Locator.
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