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EQIP Ranking Period Ends Soon


Temple, Texas, January 11, 2012 - The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) reminds agriculture producers that the ranking period cut-off date for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is February 3, 2012. Producers interested in EQIP should submit applications to their local NRCS office by the deadline so their applications can be considered during the first ranking period of 2012.

EQIP — one of the largest programs in the Farm Bill — is a voluntary conservation program that promotes environmental quality and assists producers to meet local, state and federal regulations.

"EQIP is a valuable tool to help our state’s agricultural producers implement conservation practices that that provide environmental benefits to help sustain agricultural operations," says NRCS State Conservationist Salvador Salinas.

EQIP is a continuous sign-up program that allows landowners or operators to apply for financial and technical assistance for the application of specific conservation practices; but the deadline for the first 2012 funding is February 3, 2012. Contracts are offered periodically depending on budgetary allocations. Applications made after the deadline will be considered in the next funding cycle. Higher priority will be given to those applications that address national, state and local priorities and provide higher cost efficiency.

Additional information about EQIP is available from your local USDA Service Center or at www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov/programs.

Contact

Mark Habiger, 254-742-9881

Dee Ann Littlefield, 254-742-9800