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Natural Resources
Conservation Service
355 East Hancock Ave., Ste. 212
Athens, GA, 30601

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Release No.: 00001.18   ­

Chris Groskreutz
(706) 546-2069

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ATHENS, GA, October 3, 2017 — State Conservationist Terrance O. Rudolph of the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced today that a sign up for fiscal year 2018 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is underway and all Georgia producers who wish to be considered for financial assistance should apply by November 17, 2017.

While producers can apply year round, this application cutoff announcement is for all general EQIP, as well as some special initiatives such as the Longleaf Pine, On-Farm Energy, Organic, Seasonal High Tunnel, Working Lands for Wildlife and the North Georgia Irrigation Pilot Project. They can do so by visiting to their local USDA Service Center and submitting their Conservation Program Application (NRCS-CPA-1200).

“We have seen growing interest in EQIP in recent years and are excited to see how we can help producers meet their conservation goals this year.” said Rudolph. “It’s also important that all customers take this time to make sure their application reflects their most current needs – especially those who were affected by Hurricane Irma.”

EQIP was originally established under the 1996 Farm Bill and reauthorized in the 2014 Farm Bill. It provides technical and financial assistance to landowners to voluntarily address soil, water and other natural resource concerns on private lands. EQIP conservation practices include, but are not limited to: pasture and hay land planting, heavy use areas, waste storage facilities, terracing, pest management, tree planting, seasonal high tunnels, organic crop assistance, and wildlife habitat management.

NRCS provides leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, maintain and improve our natural resources and environment. More information on NRCS conservation programs can be found at under the Programs tab.