It's Not Too Late to Apply for 2013 NRCS Programs
Richmond, March 15, 2013 – State Conservationist Jack Bricker announced today that the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in Virginia is adding two new signup periods for agricultural producers interested in improving the health and productivity of their land this year. The extra cutoff dates for 2013 Environmental Quality Incentives Program funding selections are April 19 and May 17, 2013.
“The additional funds we received for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative translate into more opportunities for producers in and out of the Bay watershed,” said Bricker. “It only seemed fitting to keep the window of opportunity open by extending our EQIP signups to coincide with the batching periods for CBWI.”
Eligible producers operating in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed can sign up for specific practices under the CBWI. Technical and financial assistance is available for animal waste, cropland and pastureland practices to reduce nutrient and sediment runoff and improve Bay water quality.
All Virginia farmers can apply to install soil health practices such as cover crops, crop rotation, nutrient management, and rotational grazing. They can also receive funding for wildlife practices, seasonal high tunnels, aquaculture, and organic farming techniques. Payment options are available for farmers interested in developing conservation activity plans, which can help producers better manage animal waste, grazing lands, fish and wildlife habitat, pollinator habitat, and energy consumption.
Farmers can sign up for conservation programs throughout the year. If you are interested in Farm Bill programs, contact your local NRCS office to identify and plan the conservation measures you would like to implement on your land. The NRCS Conservationist can help you develop a plan, identify recommended practices, and pursue funding through one of the many Farm Bill program options available.
USDA service center locations are listed online at http://offices.usda.gov or in the phone book under Federal Government, U.S. Department of Agriculture. General program information is available on the NRCS Virginia website at www.va.nrcs.usda.gov.