The deadline for applying for Environmental Quality Incentive Program funding for fiscal year 2008 is Nov. 2.
"This might be the best time to take a moment and sign up for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program or EQIP as we call it," says Harold L. Klaege, State Conservationist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
"Chances are you have concerns on your farm that need solving today, not tomorrow, not next year," Klaege says. "You may have soil condition, irrigation efficiency, or livestock waste issues. Maybe you have grazing land that isn't as productive as it used to be."
Landowners throughout the state may qualify for EQIP funding for grazing concerns, woodland health, ponds, diversions and others.
EQIP has been around since 1996 and has become quite popular while addressing a number of environmental issues. It is NRCS' principal program for delivering conservation in Kansas and across the country. The NRCS offers ideas, solutions, and guidance for a successful and sustainable conservation operation.
It is one of the largest programs in the 2002 Farm Bill, a voluntary conservation program that promotes environmental quality and assists producers to meet local, state, and federal regulations.
"EQIP is available to help limited resource and beginning farmers and ranchers, who have unique circumstances and natural resource concerns that need to be addressed on their land. In Kansas, EQIP may offer limited resource and beginning farmers and ranchers a higher payment rate for structural and vegetative practices," Klaege says.
Learn more at www.ks.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/eqip/2008.