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Application cut-off date for EQIP statewide initiatives set for March 21, 2014

Jeff Harlow, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs

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SPOKANE, Wash. (Jan. 31, 2014) – March 21 is the application cut-off date for several Environmental Quality Incentives Program statewide initiatives, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service announced today.

Eligible producers and entities interested in conservation easement and restoration programs will have until March 21 to submit their applications for consideration this fiscal year.

Those initiatives are:

EQIP Organic Initiative: Conservation funding is available to organic producers and those transitioning to organic production in Washington. Through the EQIP Organic Initiative signup, farmers, ranchers and dairy operators may apply for financial assistance and technical expertise to plan and install conservation measures such as buffer strips, conservation crop rotation, cover crops, field borders, mulching, nutrient management, pest management, residue management, and more.

EQIP High Tunnel Initiative: Through the EQIP Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative signup, agricultural producers may apply for financial assistance and technical expertise to plan and install Seasonal High Tunnels and other conservation practices to facilitate an extended growing season and improve soil health.

EQIP Energy Initiative: The EQIP Energy Initiative is intended to assist producers in conserving energy on their farms through an Agriculture Energy Management Plan (AgEMPs), also known as on-farm energy audits and provide assistance to implement various recommended measures identified in the energy audit.

According to Assistant State Conservationist, Jeff Harlow, “while all of these initiatives are offered on a continuous sign up basis, if you’re interested in applying for 2014 funding, make sure to turn in your application at your local USDA-NRCS service center office before the March 21st deadline. ”

To learn more, or sign up for NRCS programs, visit the NRCS website or a local NRCS field office.


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