Application Cutoff Date for 2014 EQIP and WHIP Programs is Set for October 18
New York Natural Resources Conservation Service recently announced October, 18, 2013 as the application cutoff date for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) for Fiscal Year 2014. Applications accepted after October 18 may be considered for funding if additional application rounds are announced or for potential consideration in Fiscal Year 2015. All applications are competitive and are ranked based on national, state and locally identified resource priorities and the overall benefit to the environment.
Although a new Farm Bill has yet to be approved, applicants may still apply for funding through the same programs offered through the 2008 Farm Bill. At the time of application, applicants must specify the resource concern(s) that they intend to address. Once further guidance on the 2013 Farm Bill is provided, NRCS will work with applicants to transfer applications to the appropriate conservation program.
"NRCS New York looks forward to helping farmers and rural landowners address priority resource concerns on their land," said Donald Pettit, NRCS State Conservationist. "Each year NRCS offers a variety of programs which help landowners address a wide range of conservation needs in New York."
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program offers financial assistance for practices which address soil erosion, water quality and habitat degradation. Practices implemented through EQIP include stripcropping, grassed waterways and waste storage facilities. Focus areas within the EQIP program include soil health, livestock waste, habitat, forestry and grazing.
The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program helps participants restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat in grassland and shrubland areas.
If you are interested in applying for an NRCS conservation program please visit our Programs web site for information on applying.
You may apply by visiting your local NRCS field office.