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2018 Arkansas River Selenium EQIP Sign-up

Petra Popiel

2018 Arkansas River Selenium EQIP Sign-up

NRCS Arkansas River Strikeforce Selenium 
Strikeforce Selenium Applications are being accepted until March 30, 2018

February 28, 2018 DENVER, CO – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Colorado recently announced its 2018 Arkansas River Strikeforce Selenium Initiative. The Initiative is aimed at projects that improve water quality and reduce soil erosion. Conservation measures encouraged in this sign up will reduce irrigation induced erosion, deep percolation, and sediment, selenium, salts and nitrate loadings into the Arkansas River. 

“Strikeforce allows NRCS to demonstrate its commitment to improving access to programs and opportunities to everyone, while increasing the visibility and profitability of small farms and ranches, beginning, and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers,” says Clint Evans, NRCS State Conservationist in Colorado.  “90% of all persistently impoverished communities are in rural areas.   Our efforts thru Strikeforce provides the agency an opportunity to promote and assist in the development and sustainability of rural communities.”

The NRCS will utilize Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds to implement the project as EQIP is an incentives program that provides financial assistance for conservation systems such as animal waste management facilities, irrigation system efficiency improvements, fencing, and water supply development for improved grazing management, riparian protection, and wildlife habitat enhancement. Producers must have farm records current with Farm Service Agency and submit a complete program application to NRCS to be considered for financial assistance through EQIP.

EQIP Strikeforce Selenium applications are currently being accepted in the following NRCS offices; Las Animas field office (719-456-0120) which services Bent county; Lamar field office (719-336-3437) and Northeast Prowers Conservation District Office (719-537-6506) which services Prowers County; and the Rocky Ford field office (719-254-7672) which services Otero County. All applications must be received by 4:00pm on March 30, 2018.  For additional information about NRCS please visit