Apply for 2013 EQIP Evaluation by Nov. 16 Deadline

Apply for 2013 EQIP Evaluation by Nov. 16 Deadline

While EQIP applications are open year-round, deadline applies for consideration for this year’s funds

You can apply any time during the year for conservation help through the Natural Resources Conservation Service Environmental Quality Incentives Program. But if you want to have your application evaluated for the current round of funding, you need to get it in by Friday, Nov. 16, says NRCS State Conservationist Eric Banks.

EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers through contracts up to a maximum term of ten years in length.

EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers through contracts up to a maximum term of ten years in length.  These contracts provide financial assistance to help plan and implement conservation practices that address natural resource concerns and provide opportunities to improve soil, water, plant, animal, air, and related resources on agricultural land, such as cropland and rangeland, and non-industrial private forestland.

NRCS technicians can help landowners figure out a plan for implementing conservation practices and set priorities for which projects have the most urgency. EQIP can then be used to help farmers and ranchers pay for implementing the needed practices.

A popular program

“This is a very popular program in Kansas, and I know fall is a busy season.  The NRCS wants everyone to have the opportunity to develop a conservation plan and submit an application in time,” said Banks.

“This is a very popular program in Kansas, and I know fall is a busy season.  The NRCS wants everyone to have the opportunity to develop a conservation plan and submit an application in time,” said Banks.

Applicants must meet certain eligibility requirements.

“EQIP helps address the unique circumstances of socially disadvantaged, limited resource, and beginning farmers and ranchers, who have natural resource concerns that need to be addressed on their land," said Banks.  Qualifying Kansas producers compete separately and receive higher payment rates.

For more information visit the Kansas NRCS Web site or your local U.S. Department of Agriculture Service Center.  To find a service center near you, check your telephone book under “United States Government” or on the Internet.

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