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Minnesota NRCS Postpones Ranking Period Deadline for FY 2014 EQIP

Julie MacSwain

 ST PAUL, MN,  December 20, 2013 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications to help producers improve water and air quality, build healthier soil, improve grazing and forest lands, conserve energy, enhance organic operations, and achieve other environmental benefits.

     Minnesota producers implement conservation practices through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), the agency’s largest Farm Bill conservation program. Interested producers should visit their local NRCS service center for information on EQIP sign-up periods.

      “The Environmental Quality Incentives Program offers farmers, ranchers and forestland managers a variety of options to conserve natural resources,” State Conservationist Don Baloun said. “This conservation investment helps improve the environmental health of Minnesota’s communities.”

     EQIP provides financial assistance for a variety of conservation activities, such as drainage water management, reduced tillage, field buffers, rotational grazing systems and much more. The 1st  Ranking Period Deadline for FY2014 EQIP is February 21, 2014.  The 2nd Ranking Period Deadline for EQIP is March 21, 2014.

     To participate in EQIP, an applicant must be an individual, entity or joint operation that meets EQIP eligibility criteria. Applicants can sign up at their local NRCS service center.

     For more information about EQIP or other technical or financial assistance programs offered by NRCS, please contact your local service center: local service center



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