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Sign up NOW for the EQIP Soil Health Initiative in Wisconsin

Madison, Wis. March 14, 2018 – The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Wisconsin is accepting applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Soil Health Initiative to maximize soil health benefits on farming operations. Applications are due to local USDA Service Centers by May 18, 2018.

Soil is a living and life giving natural resource. By farming using soil health principles and systems that include no-till, cover cropping and diverse rotations, more and more farmers are actually increasing their soil’s organic matter and improving microbial activity. As a result, farmers are sequestering more carbon, increasing water infiltration, improving wildlife and pollinator habitat—all while harvesting better profits and often better yields.

This initiative, administered through the EQIP, provides a systems approach for conservation that is essential for a healthy soil environment. Producers can build their soil’s health through signing up for the initiative to implement the following practices: (1) crop rotations, (2) cover crops, (3) residue management no-till/strip till, (4) nutrient management, and/or (5) integrated pest management.

Producers are encouraged to visit their local USDA Service Center to learn more about the technical and financial assistance NRCS provides, to start developing their own conservation plan and to apply for the initiative.

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