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USDA Announces Second Sign-Up for the Kansas Great Plains Grassland Initiative

SALINA, KANSAS, June 2, 2022‒ R. Dean Krehbiel, Acting State Conservationist, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), has announced that producers in targeted Kansas range lands are eligible to receive Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funding as part of the Kansas Great Plains Grassland Initiative (GPGI). This EQIP initiative provides an opportunity for producers to reduce vulnerability of Kansas core grasslands from woody encroachment. Core grasslands include targeted areas within the Flint Hills, Gypsum Hills, and Smoky Hills regions of Kansas. Treatment strategies will rely on a pest management conservation system plan to manage woody species encroachment on identified Planned Land Units (PLU) within the core grassland areas.

NRCS has established a second evaluation period cut-off date for the GPGI program of Friday, July 8, 2022. Applications submitted prior to the cut-off will be assessed and ranked as soon as the applicant has made treatment decisions in a conservation plan. Based on fund availability, application assessments with a ranking score of 30 points or greater will be preapproved immediately, allowing the applicant to Act Now and achieve contract approval to begin practice installation without being evaluated against other submitted assessments. Application assessment ranking scores less than 30 points will be batched and funded in ranking order as funding allows.

“The Act Now funding process will allow applicants with high enough application ranking scores to strike while the iron is hot and immediately enter into EQIP contracts,” said Krehbiel. “This will enable interested and qualified applicants to perform the needed conservation treatments as soon as they are ready, willing, and able.”

For more details on EQIP, please contact your local USDA Service Center or visit https://www.ks.nrcs.usda.gov.

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