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Overgrazing and Soil Degradation on Horse Farms RCPP Project

Horse Farm

Introduction

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, a Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) project entitled “Overgrazing and Soil Degradation on Horse Farms” was submitted by the University of Kentucky Research Foundation, and the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).  The 5-year project was approved in FY 2016, and will utilize financial assistance in FY 2017-2020 through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).  The project’s primary resource concern is soil degradation.  The project will focus on providing financial assistance to educate horse owners about utilizing a prescribed grazing plan to decrease the effects of overgrazing on the environment.  Financial assistance will be provided to address resource concerns and to assist producers in adopting a prescribed grazing system for their operation. 

Kentucky will receive $296,909 to install conservation practices in Kentucky through this RCPP-EQIP agreement. 

How to Apply and Application Batching Period Dates

Interested applicants can fill out an RCPP-EQIP application at their local USDA Service Center.  RCPP-EQIP Applications will be screened using the Horse Overgrazing Screening Sheet and ranked using the Horse Overgrazing Ranking Questions.  

FY 2020 Application Batching Periods: March 6, 2020

Cost estimates for approved applications will be generated using the FY 2020 RCPP-EQIP Payment Schedule.