EQIP Batching Date Set for Dec. 20
NRCS Announces Program Signups for EQIP
Application Batching Deadline is December 20, 2013
NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE (NRCS), Huron, S.D., November 18, 2013-
Annually, applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) are batched for funding consideration. December 20, 2013, is the date by which an operator or landowner must sign an application at their local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office for Fiscal Year 2014 funding consideration, according to Jennifer Wurtz, EQIP Program coordinator, with the NRCS.
The EQIP program provides financial and technical assistance to help producers implement voluntary conservation practices to improve their natural resources. Payment is provided for a variety of practices to address resource concerns such as water quality, grazing land health and productivity, soil erosion and soil quality, and wildlife habitat development.
“Applications for all NRCS conservation programs are accepted continuously, however the application batching date, or call for ranking, is December 20 for EQIP,” Wurtz says. “The ranking period for this popular conservation programs will come sooner than you realize.” She encourages any operator or landowner not to wait until the last minute to visit their local U.S. Department of Agriculture Service Center.
For more information about the EQIP, please contact your local NRCS office. For more information about technical assistance and conservation programs go to http://www.sd.nrcs.usda.gov.