Extension Granted for Landowners to Apply for Conservation Funding
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Clarence Finley, Acting Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, 801-524-4552
Ron Francis, NRCS State Public Affairs Officer, 801-524-4557
Deadline is now November 15
Salt Lake City, UT, Oct. 21, 2013 – Due to delays associated with the recent government shutdown, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Utah has extended the deadline from October 18 to November 15 for accepting applications from private landowners and tribes for assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) and Agriculture Management Assistance (AMA) program. While the application process for these Farm Bill conservation programs is continuous, the implementation may change depending on conservation program provisions that end up in a new Farm Bill, yet to be passed by Congress.
In the meantime, NRCS offices across the country, including those in Utah, are resuming work with farmers and ranchers to implement conservation activities. All offices are open and are working to address the backlog of requests expediently. The agency is able to proceed with implementation of several conservation programs, including the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). However, authority to enroll acres in several programs, such as the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) and Chesapeake Bay Watershed program, expired on September 30, 2013, due to the expiration of the Farm Bill. For more information, producers are encouraged to contact their local USDA Service Center or visit NRCS Utah.
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