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EQIP deadline set for Sept. 30
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service announces that applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program must be submitted by Sept. 30 to be ensured consideration for the 2012 funding cycle.

“EQIP applications will continue to be accepted year round,” said Austin Blackburn, district conservationist. “However, in order to approve applications in time for the upcoming planting season we are setting this deadline.”

Through EQIP farmers are assisted with the cost of installing various soil and water conservation practices such as converting diesel irrigation motors to electric, grass planting on cropland, livestock heavy-use areas, retro-fitting of older center pivot irrigation systems, tree establishment if trees were lost to a catastrophic event such as pine beetles, annossus root rot, storm damage or wildfire, and nutrient management systems for animal waste such as stack houses or incinerators.

For more information, contact the Natural Resources Conservation Service or come by the USDA service center in Springfield. The service center can be reached at 754-3812.