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Chris Groskreutz
(706) 546-2069

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

Release No.: 00015.18   ­

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ATHENS, GA, July 2, 2018 — State Conservationist Terrance O. Rudolph of the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced today that a sign up for fiscal year 2019 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is underway and all Georgia producers who wish to be considered for financial assistance should apply by August 17, 2018.

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 and the Working Lands for Wildlife. They can do so by visiting to their local USDA Service Center and submitting their Conservation Program Application (NRCS-CPA-1200).

“While we eagerly await the new Farm Bill, we are preparing now to help implement it as quickly as possible.” said Rudolph. “Therefore, we encourage our customers to come in now to develop or update your conservation plan, so you are better prepared for the coming year’s sign up.”

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.