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Incentives for Oregon farmers, ranchers to conserve natural resources on their land

Apply for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program by March 16

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Release No. 2018-02-020

Contact:Tracy Robillard, Public Affairs Officer
503-414-3220, tracy.robillard@or.usda.gov

PORTLAND, Ore. — (Feb. 5, 2018) — Oregon farmers, ranchers and forest owners can take advantage of federal funding now to help them perform conservation activities on their privately-owned lands.

The funding is available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), a popular cost-share program that helps producers offset the costs to do conservation work on their land such as irrigation upgrades, forest thinning projects, wildlife habitat improvements, soil erosion protection, and more.

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Oregon is accepting EQIP applications from agricultural producers for financial assistance. Applications are due by March 16 to your local NRCS office.

The funding is only available within select project areas in each county. To see what funding opportunities are available in your county, visit the NRCS Oregon website at www.or.nrcs.usda.gov and click the interactive map, or click the “What’s Available in My County?” icon.

To further help producers pay for soil and water conservation improvements, the USDA Farm Service Agency offers microloans up to $50,000 issued directly to the applicant. Microloans can be used in conjunction with EQIP-funded projects. To learn more about the FSA microloan program visit www.fsa.usda.gov/microloans or contact your local FSA office.

Strategic EQIP in Oregon

Through a strategic approach to conservation, NRCS is yielding measurable results for Oregon’s farmers and environment. In 2017, NRCS invested $18 million dollars through EQIP in Oregon, resulting in new conservation practices on 86,000 acres. Learn more about NRCS’ strategic investments in Oregon in the 2017 Annual Report.

To learn about upcoming conservation strategies in your county and have your voice heard, attend a Local Work Group Meeting.

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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).