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EQIP Applications From Utah Farmers Welcome

Ron Francis
(801) 524-4557

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SALT LAKE CITY, Ut., December 12, 2012 -- The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications to help Utah producers improve water and air quality, build healthier soil, improve grazing and forest lands, conserve energy, enhance organic operations, and achieve other environmental benefits.

NRCS has directed more than $16 million in financial assistance for fiscal 2013 to help Utah producers implement conservation practices through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), the agency’s largest Farm Bill conservation program. Interested producers should visit their local NRCS service center for information on EQIP sign-up periods.

“The Environmental Quality Incentives Program offers farmers, ranchers and forestland managers a variety of options to conserve natural resources while boosting production on their lands,” State Conservationist David Brown said. “This $16 million conservation investment helps improve environmental health and the economy of Utah’s rural communities.”

EQIP provides financial assistance for a variety of conservation activities, such as irrigation water management, reduced tillage, field buffers, rotational grazing systems and much more. In Utah funds are also available for special initiatives such as the Sage-grouse Initiative, and programs to help recover the Southwestern willow flycatcher and the Black-footed ferret. The deadline for the next signup period in Utah is January 18.

Additionally, NRCS offers special initiatives through EQIP, including:

  • On-Farm Energy Initiative: helps producers conserve energy on their operations.
  • Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative: helps producers install high tunnels designed to extend the growing season into the cold months, increase productivity, keep plants at a steady temperature and conserve water and energy.
  • Organic Initiative: helps producers to install conservation practices on certified organic operations or those working toward organic certification.
  • Air Quality Initiative: helps producers address air quality concerns through establishing conservation practices such as cover crops, windbreaks, nutrient management and other conservation measures that mitigate and prevent air quality problems.

To participate in EQIP, an applicant must be an individual, entity or joint operation that meets EQIP eligibility criteria. Applicants can sign up at their local NRCS service center.

For more information about EQIP or other technical or financial assistance programs offered by NRCS, please contact your local service center.



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