NRCS in Georgia announces EQIP sign-up
The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is taking enrollment for fiscal year 2019 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). All Georgia producers who wish to be considered for financial assistance should apply by Aug. 17. Visit http://bit.ly/19EQIPsignup for more information.
While producers can apply year round, this application cutoff announcement is for all general EQIP, as well as some special initiatives such as the Longleaf Pine (http://bit.ly/19longleafpine), On-Farm Energy (http://bit.ly/19onfarmenergy), Organic (http://bit.ly/19organic) and Seasonal High Tunnel (http://bit.ly/19hightunnel). They can do so by visiting to their local USDA Service Center (http://bit.ly/19NRCSsvcctrs) submitting their Conservation Program Application (NRCS-CPA-1200).
EQIP was originally established under the 1996 Farm Bill and reauthorized in the 2014 Farm Bill. It provides technical and financial assistance to landowners to voluntarily address soil, water and other natural resource concerns on private lands. EQIP conservation practices include, but are not limited to: pasture and hay land planting, heavy use areas, waste storage facilities, terracing, pest management, tree planting, seasonal high tunnels, organic crop assistance and wildlife habitat management.
NRCS provides leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, maintain and improve our natural resources and environment. More information on NRCS conservation programs can be found at http://www.ga.nrcs.usda.gov under the Programs tab.