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Conservation Program Protects Soil, Water, Wildlife on South Carolina’s Private Lands

Conservation Program Protects Soil, Water, Wildlife on South Carolina’s Private Lands
Landowners Encouraged to Apply by December 20, 2013, for Prioritized Funding

Columbia, SC, September 20, 2013— State Conservationist Ann English announced a prioritized funding sign up deadline for financial assistance from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The deadline is December 20, 2013.

“The Environmental Quality Incentives Program offers farmers, ranchers and forestland managers a variety of options to conserve natural resources while boosting production on their lands,” English said. “This conservation investment helps improve environmental health and the economy of South Carolina’s rural communities.”

NRCS provides financial and technical assistance to help eligible South Carolina landowners address natural resource concerns, promote environmental quality, and protect wildlife through EQIP. This program helps farmers improve production while protecting environmental quality by addressing such concerns as soil erosion and productivity, grazing management, water quality, animal waste, and forestry concerns. EQIP also assists eligible small-scale farmers who have historically not participated in or ranked high enough to be funded in previous program sign ups.

There is a continuous signup for this program; however, to increase your chances of funding, apply by the December 20th deadline. Producers interested in applying should visit their local USDA Service Center as soon as possible to prepare their applications.

Visit www.sc.nrcs.usda.gov for more information, including eligibility requirements. To participate in EQIP, an applicant must be an individual, entity or joint operation that meets EQIP eligibility criteria.

For more information about EQIP or other technical or financial assistance programs offered by NRCS, please contact your local service center: http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?agency=nrcs

For more information about conservation in South Carolina, visit our website at www.sc.nrcs.usda.gov.