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This Earth Day, consider how voluntary conservation can help your land

Apply for financial assistance from the Oregon NRCS, next application deadline is May 19NEWS_RELEASE_HEADER-UPDATED

Release No. 2017.04.027

Contact: Loren Unruh, Leader for Programs
Phone: 503-414-3235, Loren.Unruh@or.usda.gov

Tracy Robillard, Public Affairs Officer
Phone: 503-414-3220. Email: Tracy.Robillard@or.usda.gov

 

PORTLAND, Ore. – (April 11, 2017) — As Earth Day approaches on April 22, the Natural Resources Conservation Service encourages Oregon farmers, ranchers and forest owners to consider how conservation can make a difference on their land.

“Earth Day is a time to reflect on the intricate connection we all share with natural resources, including the importance of agriculture to sustain our nation’s food and fiber production,” said State Conservationist Ron Alvarado. “Performing voluntary conservation on privately-owned agricultural, range and forested lands is a win-win for Oregon producers and for the environment. NRCS offers technical and financial incentives to help producers implement conservation practices to improve water quality and water-use efficiency, enhance wildlife habitat, reduce soil erosion, and more.”

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering financial assistance to help Oregon agricultural producers improve the health and vigor of their land through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). NRCS offers EQIP funding every year, with several “cut-off” application deadlines throughout the year.

The next EQIP application deadline is May 19, 2017.

Through EQIP, agricultural producers pay for the costs up-front to install conservation practices, then NRCS certifies the completed work and issues a payment. Producer and land eligibility criteria apply. To learn more, visit the Oregon EQIP webpage.

Current funding opportunities are available for the Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative, the Organic and Transitioning to Organic Initiative, and for other localized county projects across the state.

To find out what kinds of EQIP funding opportunities are available in your county, contact your local USDA Service Center or visit the Oregon NRCS website at www.or.nrcs.usda.gov. Find a list of Oregon USDA Service Centers by clicking on the “Contact Us” tab.

In fiscal year 2016, NRCS awarded $20.4 million in EQIP financial assistance to help Oregon agricultural producers implement conservation on more than 170,000 acres of private farms, ranches and woodlands.

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The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service provides financial and technical assistance to voluntary farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to implement conservation practices on private lands. By working collectively with partners and stakeholders, NRCS helps maintain healthy and productive working landscapes, benefitting both environmental and agricultural needs. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users).

Local contact information is located in the telephone book under the federal government listing or can be found online at:  www.or.nrcs.usda.gov.