The Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) is offering another year of Irrigation Water Management (IWM) Service in conjunction with the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP.) It is an open enrollment, but no refunds will be given after June 15th.
IWM is the practice of monitoring and managing the rate, volume, and timing of water application according to the seasonal crop needs, giving consideration to the soil intake and water holding capacities. Irrigation Water Management will help irrigators determine the effectiveness of irrigation practices, make good water management decisions, and justify making irrigation adjustment in existing systems.
USDA Seeks Grant Proposals to Increase Recreational Public Access on Private Agricultural, Forest Lands
USDA is making $20 million available to improve wildlife habitat and enhance public access for recreational opportunities on privately held and operated farm, ranch and forest lands. Funding is available to state and tribal governments through the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP), authorized in the 2014 Farm Bill.
Eligible governments are eligible to apply for VPA-HIP funds for proposed projects that can span up to three years. Award amounts range from $75,000 to $1 million per year. USDA's 60-day application period will run from Feb. 23 through April 24, 2015. Eligible governments must complete the applications through Grants.gov.
Applications for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) are accepted year-round. Farmers, ranchers and forest landowners should submit applications by March 13, 2015 to ensure they are considered for this year’s funding. Applications received after that date will be considered for future funding. For more information: Conservation Stewardship Program
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering a renewal option through Tuesday, March 31, 2015, for eligible agricultural producers and forest landowners with expiring Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) contracts. These producers must be willing to adopt additional conservation activities aimed at helping them achieve higher levels of conservation on their farms, forests and ranches. For more information: Conservation Stewardship Program