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NRCS Helps Land Users Put Conservation on the Ground

Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program

Applications for NRCS’s EQIP and WHIP 2013 financial assistance due – April 19

PHOENIX, Feb. 21, 2012— The Arizona Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps farmers and ranchers with a broad spectrum of natural resource enhancements. These include increasing irrigation efficiency, nutrient and manure management on dairies, grazing land management, wildlife habitat, forest management and many more. Arizona NRCS cares about conservation and is here to help agricultural producers conserve the resources and the lifestyle they love for future generations.

Conservation planning is the fundamental starting point for maintaining and improving the natural resources that support agricultural production and the lifestyle we love and enjoy. Agricultural producers can request technical assistance and develop a conservation plan at any time. Once a conservation plan is completed, producers have the opportunity to apply for NRCS funding to help implement the improvements and structures needed to achieve their conservation plan.

Applicants interested in potential 2013 funding for NRCS’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) must have their applications submitted by
April 19, 2013, however, applications are accepted throughout the entire year.

Environmental Quality Incentives ProgramThe Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a conservation program that provides financial and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers who face threats to soil, water, air, and related natural resources on their land. Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, pastureland, private non-industrial forestland, and other farm or ranch lands.

The Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) is a voluntary program for developing or improving high quality habitat that supports fish and wildlife populations of National, State, Tribal, and local significance. Through WHIP, the NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to eligible private and Tribal land users for the development of upland, wetland, aquatic, and other types of wildlife habitat.

NRCS encourages land users to visit an NRCS field office and to visit today to learn more about NRCS conservation planning and financial assistance.