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News Release

NRCS Flooding Disaster Initiative Funding Opportunity

Gilbert Guerrero
(405) 742-1207

STILLWATER, OK, June 25, 2019 – During the spring of 2019, extensive amounts of rainfall created flooding in many Oklahoma river bottoms and their tributaries and caused unprecedented destruction over a very large portion of northeastern and southwestern Oklahoma.

In response to that, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Oklahoma is offering a special Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funding for “Cover Crop” establishment to landowners who have been and continue to be impacted by this natural disaster. Some of the key impacts to cropland resulting from the flooding include sand deposition and scouring. Cover crops purpose is to reduce erosion, increase soil organic matter, capture and recycle nutrients in the soil profile, increase biodiversity, suppress weeds, manage soil moisture and minimize or reduce soil compaction.

Application Deadline is July 12, 2019

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Farm Service Agency (FSA) along with NRCS has designated eligibility for the following counties: Blaine, Caddo, Canadian, Creek, Cherokee, Delaware, Haskell, Kay, Kiowa, LeFlore, Lincoln, Mayes, Muskogee, Nowata, Noble, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Payne, Pawnee, Rogers, Tulsa, Sequoyah, Wagoner, Washington and Washita

The purpose of this initiative is to offer EQIP Funding on Cropland only for Cover Crop establishment to landowners who have been and continue to be impacted by this natural disaster. Producers should consider the impact this might have on crop insurance eligibility. FSA Prevented Planting guidelines must also be considered if applicable.

If you are in an eligible county and seeking more information about this “Cover Crop” program, please contact your local NRCS office for assistance. NRCS offices and staff are located and available in every county in Oklahoma.