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Drought Initiative

2012 Drought Initiative

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(Application Deadline Ended Aug. 14)

Due to the exceptional drought, Arkansas is offering financial assistance through a special initiative through the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) and the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) to deal with the drought areas in the state.

While landowners statewide can apply for financial assistance, priority is given to those in the exceptional and extreme drought areas defined by the National Drought Mitigation Center. A map of the areas in Arkansas is located at:  For earlier maps of the Arkansas Drought by the U.S. Drought Monitor release dates, click here.

Applications were taken at county USDA service centers through Aug. 14.

EQIP practices include:
WHIP practices include:

EQIP and WHIP Practice Cost Lists

Landowners with Current Contracts

Landowners with a current EQIP contract can also request a contract modification to re-schedule planned conservation practices such as prescribed grazing, livestock watering facilities, water conservation and other conservation activities on pasture and forest land until drought conditions improve.

News Releases

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, Obama Administration Deliver New Drought Assistance to America’s Producers - More than $3.79 million Available through Natural Resources Conservation Service to Assist Arkansas Farmers - Aug. 8, 2012 � As part of continuing steps by the Obama Administration to assist livestock producers in response to the historic drought, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today highlighted that USDA will utilize nearly $16 million in financial and technical assistance to immediately help crop and livestock producers in 19 states cope with the adverse impacts of the historic drought.

NRCS Announces Financial Assistance for Arkansas Agricultural Producers Affected by Drought - Funding Available to Support Drought Relief and Recovery Conservation Practices - Aug. 2, 2012 - Mike Sullivan, Arkansas state conservationist for the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), announced financial assistance is available through a special initiative for Arkansas agricultural producers impacted by the exceptional drought the state is experiencing.

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces New Obama Administration Efforts to Assist Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by Drought - July 23, 2012 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced new flexibility and assistance in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's major conservation programs to get much-needed help to livestock producers as the most wide-spread drought in seven decades intensifies in the United States. Vilsack also announced plans to encourage crop insurance companies to provide a short grace period for farmers on unpaid insurance premiums, as some farming families can be expected to struggle to make ends meet at the close of the crop year.