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NRCS is Now Accepting Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Applications

NEWS RELEASE 

For Immediate Release

May 25, 2021

 

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Tim Kellogg

307-696-4446 /Tim.Kellogg@usda.gov

NRCS is Now Accepting Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Applications in Washakie and Big Horn Counties

May 25, 2021

(EQIP) Applications Must be received by Wednesday, June 23, 2021

CASPER, Wyo, May 25, 2021 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Wyoming is currently accepting applications for enrollment into the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) in Washakie and Big Horn counties.  EQIP is a voluntary Farm Bill program which provides financial assistance for conservation systems such as animal waste management facilities, irrigation system efficiency improvements, fencing, water supply development, riparian protection, and wildlife habitat enhancement.  Producers interested in implementing conservation practices to improve natural resources on their private agricultural land in Washakie and Big Horn Counties have until Wednesday, June 23, 2021 to submit applications.

The opportunities to participate in EQIP are diverse. In addition to the general EQIP enrollment, the Program also affords socially disadvantaged, beginning, and limited resource farmers and ranchers specific opportunities to improve or enhance natural resources on their lands.  There are even specific opportunities for landowners impacted by the 2018 wildfires and those with interests in organics, improving wildlife habitat, forest health, and air quality.

Producers must have farm records current with the Farm Service Agency and submit a complete program application to NRCS to be considered for financial assistance through EQIP. Applications are accepted at all Wyoming NRCS offices located in USDA Service Centers across the state. To find out more information about EQIP please visit the Wyoming EQIP webpage. To locate an NRCS field office near you, please visit the Wyoming USDA Service Center webpage.

When visiting with NRCS staff about the EQIP program, landowners are encouraged to inquire about NRCS’ comprehensive conservation plans. The Agency continually strives to put conservation planning at the forefront of its programs and initiatives. Conservation plans provide landowners with a comprehensive inventory and assessment of their resources, as well as an appropriate start to improving the quality of soil, water, air, plants, and wildlife on their land.

Editors Note: 

This News Release was previously posted without noting the counties the signup applies to. This EQIP signup is only for Washakie and Big Horn Counties.

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