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Pierce Conservation District announces March 19 as application due date for financial assistance program

Contact: Rene’ Skaggs
Pierce Conservation District
Farm Planning and Agricultural Assistance Program Director
(p) 253 845-9770 extension 106

PUYALLUP, Wash. (Jan. 27, 2021) - The Pierce Conservation District announces a March 19, 2021 application deadline for assistance to implement on-farm improvements in the Puyallup and Nisqually watersheds through its Regional Conservation Partnership Program.  Financial and technical assistance will be provided to implement practices that benefit water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and soil condition, and practices to address water quantity.  Funding is provided through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)  Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

EQIP is a voluntary conservation program administered by the NRCS that can provide financial and technical assistance to install conservation practices that address natural resource concerns. EQIP provides assistance to agricultural producers in order to improve natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, reduced soil erosion, and sedimentation or improved wildlife habitat.

The District is accepting applications immediately.  Interested farmers or landowners should contact the District at 253 845-9770 ext. 106.  Although this sign-up is being conducted by the District, all requirements of the EQIP program will still need to be met.  One requirement is that each applicant must establish themselves as a USDA customer and complete all Farm Service Agency (FSA) eligibility requirements. For more information about those requirements, contact Kaitlin Davies at the local FSA office office  at (253) 845-9272 or kaitlin.davies@usda.gov.

This is the third sign-up for this five year program, which has a total of $700,000 in financial assistance to implement practices.

For more information, contact Rene’ Skaggs at renes@piercecd.org or visit the project webpage.