NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program(EQIP)
Applications due December 15, 2017
Gary O'Neill, USDA-NRCS State Conservationist for Oklahoma is reminding producers that the EQIP applications for 2018 are due in the local NRCS offices on December 15, 2017. O'Neill stated that "EQIP is available to producers and landowners active in agricultural or forest production engaged in livestock, agricultural, forest production on eligible land that have a natural resource concern to be addressed.
EQIP provides financial assistance for eligible producers to help plan and implement conservation practices that address existing natural resource concerns and for opportunities to improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland. There are several initiatives in Oklahoma that provide funding assistance through EQIP to address state priority resource concerns associated with Organic Farming, Seasonal High Tunnels, Animal Feeding Operations, and Confined Animal Feeding Operations (AFO/CAFO), Waste Management, Lagoon Closures, Irrigation Water Conservation and others. Producers are encouraged to contact their local NRCS office for details about all the above programs that might be available to them. NRCS is an equal opportunity employer, provider and lender.
O'Neill added "EQIP is an important Farm Bill conservation program that assists established farmers as well as beginning, historically underserved and limited resource producers. This is another example of the work of NRCS in Oklahoma and our efforts together with our partners to address environmental conservation issues and strengthen Oklahoma's rural economy.
Landowners and operators in Oklahoma need to apply at their local NRCS office by December 5, 2017 to be considered for the current ranking period. While local offices accept EQIP applications throughout the year, NRCS evaluates applications during announced ranking periods. To be eligible for this enrollment period, producers need to have their applications submitted to NRCS by the December 15th deadline.
Since there are changes that have been made in the EQIP program under the new Farm Bill, it is important that producers and landowners learn more about this year's EQIP by viewing the NRCS website at: http://www.ok.nrcs.usda.gov or by calling or visiting a local NRCS office.
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Things are changing in the way producers should look at their farms. The soil is a living organism, just as our bodies are. We have no problem with feeding and drink water for us. So what about your soil on your farms. There are three demonstations being done around the state on soll health. They are in Dewey County, Kay County and Greer County. We will be monitoring these sites with the assistance of NRCS. Be watching for further information to be posted as the projects progress along.
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative
The Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative (LPCI) provides financial and technical assistance to
landowners and operators for reducing threats to the species and enhancing and maintaining existing habitats in high priority areas. LPCI objectives will be funded by NRCS through the Conservation Technical Assistance Program, Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
The primary focus for the LPCI is upland wildlife habitat management. Participants can receive technical and financial assistance to implement supporting conservation practices including brush management, prescribed grazing, range planting, prescribed burning and restoration of rare and declining habitats.
The following counties are offering signups under the statewide initiative: Alfalfa, Beaver,
Beckham, Cimarron, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Harper, Major, Roger Mills, Texas, Washita, Woods and Woodward.
Contact your local NRCS service center for more information.
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