The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) invites farmers and ranchers to visit their local NRCS field office and apply for participation in conservation initiatives designed to restore landscapes, improve wildlife habitat and increase energy efficiency. Applications are due April 21, 2017.
The following initiatives are part of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP): Joint Chief’s Landscape Restoration Partnership, Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative, Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) for Monarch Butterfly, On-Farm Energy Initiative.
EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to help plan and implement conservation practices that address priority local and state resource concerns. Producers must submit a complete program application, establish “farm records”, and other documentation to support eligibility to be considered for financial assistance through EQIP. Step-by-step assistance can be found at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/getstarted.