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First Application Cut-Off Period For EQIP Will Be November 17, 2017

October 17, 2017

CONTACT: Rey T. Adame
(859) 224-7446
rey.adame@ky.usda.gov

The application process for NRCS’s conservation programs is continuous, but funding selections for specific programs are made throughout the year. For the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Kentucky will fund applications from the first batching period that ends Nov. 17, 2017.  Applications received before this date that qualify for EQIP will be considered for funding.

EQIP is a conservation program that provides financial and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers who face threats to soil, water, air, and related natural resources on their land. Through EQIP, NRCS develops contracts with agricultural producers to voluntarily implement conservation practices. Persons engaged in livestock or agricultural production and owners of non-industrial private forestland are eligible for this program. Eligible land includes cropland, pastureland, private non-industrial forestland, and other farm or ranch lands.

“We’re getting an earlier start on EQIP contracts this year to give farmers more time to install practices,” said Amanda Moore, Acting State Conservationist.
Mercer County, KY., cattle farmer Elizabeth Chunglo reviews her EQIP contract with NRCS Harrodsburg Field Office Planner Brandon Marshall during a recent visit to her farm.
All recipients of assistance are required to develop a conservation plan. Conservation planning is an integral part of the conservation process. Landowners should work with a conservation planner to develop the plan based on the landowner’s operational goals to improve the productivity, sustainability and profitability of their operation.

“Good conservation planning helps us identify the practices that will best address a land user’s resource concerns,” Moore said.  The conservation plan will serve as a roadmap to a variety of technical assistance and financial assistance through EQIP as well as other options available to the landowner.

For more information about EQIP or the other programs offered by NRCS, visit us on the web at www.ky.nrcs.usda.gov or contact your local NRCS service center at http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app.