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NRCS Provides $500,000 for Two EQIP Special Initiatives in Eastern Montana

Barry Albert
406-232-7905 extension 119

NRCS Provides $500,000 for Two EQIP Special Initiatives in Eastern Montana


Miles City, Mont, February 14, 2012 - The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Montana has set aside $500,000 for qualifying agricultural producers in eastern Montana to help transition land expiring from Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts to grazing use or addressing soil health on cropland via zero tillage and cover crops.

Producers can apply for Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funding from February 14 through March 9, 2012 at their local NRCS office in the following counties: Carter, Custer, Daniels, Dawson, Fallon, Garfield, McCone, Powder River, Prairie, Richland, Roosevelt, Rosebud, Sheridan, Treasure, Valley and Wibaux.

“The CRP Transition Special Initiative is intended to provide producers with land coming out of CRP an option to putting the land back into crop production, by helping to implement practices that support grazing on the expired acres” said David Pratt, NRCS assistant state conservationist in Miles City. “With significant acres of CRP expiring, this program will give producers an option to keep the land in permanent cover.”

The Soil Health Special Initiative will assist producers in converting to zero or minimal disturbance and using multiple species of cover crops to improve soil health. “There is tremendous interest in soil health as is evident in the number of producers attending workshops throughout the area,” Pratt said. “Producers are interested in improving soil health, increasing diversity and potentially reducing inputs.”

To sign up or learn more about these two initiatives, contact your local NRCS field office. To find your local NRCS office, visit


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