NRCS announces deadline for EQIP funding in Kansas

SALINA – Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist Eric B. Banks has announced an application evaluation cutoff date of Nov. 21, 2014, for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers through contracts up to a maximum term of 10 years. 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.

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

Applications are accepted year round, but those received by Nov. 21, 2014, will be evaluated for fiscal year 2015 funding. Applicants must meet certain eligibility requirements.

“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 website or contact the Osage County USDA Service Center at 785-828-4631 or 115 W. 17th St., Lyndon.

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