Wildlife Effort through the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP)
NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE, Huron, SD, March 27, 2014 – The U. S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide an opportunity for farmers and ranchers interested in wildlife conservation to develop or enhance wildlife habitat. The NRCS will consider any application received prior to April 18, 2014.
“This Wildlife Effort through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a result of the enactment of the 2014 Farm Bill which combined the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) into EQIP. All applications previously received for WHIP will be honored and have been rolled over into this Wildlife Effort. A new application will not need to be resigned,” said 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. “The Wildlife Effort through EQIP is the perfect opportunity to develop quality habitat for any type of wildlife,” says Wurtz.
“Applications for all NRCS conservation programs, including EQIP are accepted continuously, however the application batching date is April 18, 2014 for this Effort,” Wurtz says. “I encourage any operator or landowner who may be interested in wildlife habitat to visit NRCS at their local USDA Service Center to see if they may be eligible.”