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USDA announces deadline for EQIP signups
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service announces that applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) must be submitted by Nov. 19 to be ensured consideration for the 2011 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 the 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, retrofitting 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, wildfire and nutrient management systems for animal waste such as stack houses or incinerators.
For more information, contact the National Resources Conservation Service or come by your local USDA Service Center in Springfield or Sylvania.