Local Work Group Meetings (LWG) are meeting to discuss and prepare for the FY 2015 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) planning and implementation.
(If the LWG meeting you are looking for is not scheduled please check back at this site in a day or two or contact th e local field office. ))))
NRCS's natural resources conservation programs help people reduce soil erosion, enhance water supplies, improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat, and reduce damages caused by floods and other natural disasters.
NRCS provides funding opportunities for agricultural producers and other landowners through these programs.
NRCS also provides program-specific reports on how and where these funds were used. Click here for reports covering fiscal years 2009 - 2012.
Public benefits include enhanced natural resources that help sustain agricultural productivity and environmental quality while supporting continued economic development, recreation, and scenic beauty.
When a farmer like Jimmie Fisher from Aztec speaks up and tells his neighbors how conservation improvements have worked for him, people listen. NRCS’s efforts depend on the Jimmie Fishers who have used programs like the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for irrigation improvements - and can tell others about how a conservation effort can benefit them.
If you asked New Mexico rancher Dusty Hunt, a proud member of the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association, what are the good things he is doing for his family and himself, he would include in his list grassland restoration. Sound a little abstract? Not at all.
“The one person who desperately needs to see my watershed improve, is me,” said Hunt. “This is my livelihood.”
Hunt and the Grant Soil & Water Conservation District packaged a 319 grant from the New Mexico State Environment Department with Forest Service and private funds - and some cost-share through NRCS’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for grassland/watershed restoration in the Mangus Watershed.
Note: For additional information about these programs contact the NRCS Field Office nearest you.