Time is running out if you want to get your application for an Environmental Quality Incentives Program project submitted for consideration for funding in 2015.
While applications for EQIP can be submitted all year long, there is a cutoff date of Nov. 21 for evaluation in time for funding in fiscal year 2015.
Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist Eric Banks said the program is a very popular one in Kansas.
"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," he said.
Specific program guidelines must be met for projects to be approved for funding, but EQIP covers a wide variety of conservation practices.
It 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, rangeland, non-industrial private forestland, as well as for animal feeding operations.
"EQIP also helps address the unique circumstances of socially disadvantaged, veteran, 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 www.ks.nrcs.usda.gov/programs 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 at offices.usda.gov. Follow us on Twitter @NRCS_Kansas. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.