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Accepting Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) applications now

Sun, Jan 23rd, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Agricultural producers looking to solve natural resource problems on their farms should apply now for assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) administered by the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

According to Robert Joachim, District Conservationist, applications for this scoring period must be completed and received at the local NRCS Field Offices by February 22 in order to be considered.

Through EQIP, landowners interested in conservation practices are provided both technical assistance and financial assistance to install eligible practices. Some eligible practices include conversion to no-till or strip till, nutrient management plans, rotational grazing systems, and the construction or repair of waterways, terraces and structures to control soil erosion. EQIP has nearly everything your operation may need to solve any resource problems you face. For an entire list please contact the local NRCS office.

Producers can receive 3 years of incentive payments to convert from conventional tillage to no-till or strip-till. Incentive payments are also available through EQIP for the development and application of a nutrient management plan for both commercial fertilizer and manure management systems.

Cost share for seasonal high tunnels for crops will be available again this year through EQIP. For seasonal high tunnels, sometimes referred to as hoop houses, there are some additional eligibility requirements. If interested, please contact NRCS for more details.

Participation in EQIP is limited to agricultural producers. Organic producers, limited resource farmers, beginning farmers, and underserved farmers were designated in the 2008 Farm Bill as focused outreach groups and may benefit from EQIP. EQIP provides assistance for a wide variety of conservation practices treating cropland, grazing, forestry, feedlots, and wildlife.

To find out more about EQIP in Minnesota, contact your local NRCS field office at 507-765-3878 or visit the MN NRCS website:

The U.S. department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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