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Oct. 16 deadline to apply through NRCS for general EQIP

EQIP helps agricultural producers complete resource conservation project



Deadline is Oct. 16 to apply with for the general Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) through the Idaho Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to be considered for fiscal year 2016.

Initiatives funded through EQIP include organic, on-farm energy, seasonal high tunnel and soil health. Applications received after Oct. 16 will be reviewed in the 2017 funding cycle.

“Conservation planning is a priority for the Natural Resources Conservation Service and will be a requirement once applications are received and screened,” said Curtis Elke, state conservationist for Idaho NRCS. “We encourage all applicants to work closely with your local NRCS field office and certified conservation planner.”

EQIP helps agricultural producers complete resource conservation projects and make conservation-related management changes on their farms or ranches. Conservation program participation is voluntary and helps private landowners and operators defray the costs of installing conservation practices.

For information, contact the USDA service center in Grangeville, 983-1050, or visit NRCS online at http://www.id.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/.



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