EQIP Applications From Utah Farmers Welcome
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LAKE CITY, Ut., December 12, 2012 -- The Natural Resources Conservation Service
(NRCS) is accepting applications to help Utah producers improve water and air
quality, build healthier soil, improve grazing and forest lands, conserve
energy, enhance organic operations, and achieve other environmental benefits.
NRCS has directed more than $16 million in financial assistance for fiscal 2013
to help Utah producers implement conservation practices through the
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), the agency’s largest Farm Bill
conservation program. Interested producers should visit their local NRCS service
center for information on EQIP sign-up periods.
“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,” State Conservationist David Brown said.
“This $16 million conservation investment helps improve environmental health and
the economy of Utah’s rural communities.”
EQIP provides financial assistance for a variety of conservation activities,
such as irrigation water management, reduced tillage, field buffers, rotational
grazing systems and much more. In Utah funds are also available for special
initiatives such as the Sage-grouse Initiative, and programs to help recover the
Southwestern willow flycatcher and the Black-footed ferret. The deadline for the
next signup period in Utah is January 18.
Additionally, NRCS offers special initiatives through EQIP, including:
- On-Farm Energy Initiative: helps producers conserve energy on their
- Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative: helps producers install high tunnels
designed to extend the growing season into the cold months, increase
productivity, keep plants at a steady temperature and conserve water and
- Organic Initiative: helps producers to install conservation practices on
certified organic operations or those working toward organic certification.
- Air Quality Initiative: helps producers address air quality concerns
through establishing conservation practices such as cover crops, windbreaks,
nutrient management and other conservation measures that mitigate and
prevent air quality problems.
To participate in EQIP, an applicant must be an individual, entity or joint
operation that meets EQIP eligibility criteria. Applicants can sign up at their
local NRCS service center.
For more information about EQIP or other technical or financial assistance
programs offered by NRCS, please contact your
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