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Indiana NRCS Announces EQIP Application Deadline

Indianapolis, IN, December 23, 2016–Indiana’s agricultural producers who want to improve natural resources and address concerns on their land are encouraged to sign up for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) through the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Jane Hardisty, NRCS State Conservationist, announced that January 20, 2017 will be the EQIP application deadline in Indiana. “While we are taking applications throughout the year, the first review of applications for funding will be for applications received by January 20. If more funds are available after this date, there will be another review for additional applications. I encourage producers with resource concerns to submit an application by the application deadline,” Hardisty explains.

EQIP is a voluntary conservation program available for agricultural producers. Through EQIP, NRCS will provide financial and technical assistance to install conservation practices that reduce soil erosion and sedimentation, improve water and air quality, and create wildlife habitat.

Many applicants have an interest in using funds to address soil erosion and water quality issues on their land; however, funds are also available for pasture and grazing land, confined livestock operations, organic producers, drainage water management, invasive plant control, and wildlife habitat improvement. Also included in this sign up are the National Organic Initiative and the National On-Farm Energy Initiative, plus the following landscape conservation efforts:  National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI), Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI), Western Lake Erie Basin Initiative (WLEB), Joint Chief’s Landscape Restoration Initiative, Monarch Butterfly Habitat Development Initiative, Working Lands for Wildlife Initiative and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).

Producers interested in EQIP should submit a signed application to the local NRCS field office. Applications submitted by January 20, 2017 will be evaluated by NRCS staff for the funding period submitted. The staff will work with producers to determine eligibility for the program and complete worksheets and rankings in order for the applicant to compete for funding.

For more information about EQIP and other technical and financial assistance available through Indiana NRCS conservation programs, visit http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/in/programs/financial/eqip/ or contact your county’s District Conservationist http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/in/contact/local/.

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Contacts: 

Jane Hardisty, State Conservationist, 317-295-5801 (jane.hardisty@in.usda.gov)
Gerald Roach, ASTC Farm Bill Programs, 317-285-5820 (jerry.roach@in.usda.gov)
Becky Fletcher, State Public Affairs Specialist, 317-295-5825 (rebecca.fletcher@in.usda.gov)