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Pacific Islands Area Announces Farm Bill Program Application Deadlines

News from U.S. Department of Agriculture's
Farm Production and Conservation
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Pacific Islands Area
300 Ala Moana Blvd., #4-118
Honolulu, HI 96850

Honolulu, Hawaii November 8, 2018 – Pacific Islands Area Announces Farm Bill Program Application Deadlines

 

NRCS Announces Farm Bill Program Application Deadlines in Pacific Islands Area

Pacific Islands agricultural producers and forestry managers who want to address natural resources and increase environmental benefits are encouraged to sign up for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) or the Agricultural Management Assistance Program (AMA) through the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Travis Thomason, PIA NRCS Director, announced that December 21, 2018 will be the application deadline in PIA.  “Producers can sign up for Farm Bill Programs at any time throughout the year, but to compete for the upcoming funding period, I encourage producers with resource concerns to submit an application by the application deadline,” Thomason explains.

Many applicants have shown interest in funding to address soil erosion and water quality issues on cropland.  However, there are also funding for addressing issues on grazing land operations, confined livestock operations, organic producers, and wildlife habitat improvements, just to name a few.

Producers interested in EQIP or AMA should submit a signed application to the local NRCS field office or submit it electronically through the Conservation Client Gateway (www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/cgate/). Applications submitted by December 21, 2018 will be evaluated by NRCS staff for funding. 

Applicants must meet eligibility requirements in order to participate in EQIP or AMA.  NRCS field office staff will work with applicants to determine eligibility and answer ranking questions.  If an application is ranked high enough to be selected for funding, the applicant will work with the local NRCS field office staff to develop a contract.

EQIP and AMA are voluntary conservation program available for agricultural producers and forestry managers.  Through these programs, NRCS will provide financial and technical assistance to install conservation practices that reduce soil erosion and sedimentation, improve grazing lands, improve water and air quality, create wildlife habitat, improve forest health and more.  For more information on EQIP or AMA, contact the local NRCS field office or visit www.PIA.nrcs.usda.gov.

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(808) 871-5500

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Douglas R. Maguire, MBA
Public  Affairs  Officer

United States Department of Agriculture
Farm Production and Conservation
Natural Resources Conservation Service
300 Ala Moana Blvd., #4-118
Honolulu, HI  96850
(808) 541-2600
www.pia.nrcs.usda.gov

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