NRCS Announces EQIP Sign-Up

NRCS Announces EQIP Sign-Up

COLUMBIA, MO Missouri landowners interested in participating in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) should apply by October 5 to be eligible for the next round of funding, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced.

EQIP promotes agricultural production and environmental quality. Through EQIP, farmers and ranchers receive financial and technical assistance to help install structural conservation practices and to implement management systems that promote conservation.

There are a few changes associated with this sign up, says Roger Hansen, state conservationist. He says EQIP funds can be used to plant windbreaks for odor control around animal feeding operations, and can assist landowners with damage incurred during ice storms and spring flooding.

To sign up for EQIP or to get more information about EQIP and other NRCS programs, contact the NRCS office serving your county. Look in the phone book under "U.S. Government, Department of Agriculture," or access this website: http://offices.usda.gov. You can also get information about NRCS programs online at http://www.mo.nrcs.usda.gov/programs.