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NRCS accepting applications from ag producers for EQUIP

farm_rgbJACKSON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications to help producers improve water and air quality, build healthier soil, improve grazing and forest lands, conserve energy, enhance organic operations and achieve other environmental benefits.

NRCS has directed millions of dollars in financial assistance for Fiscal Year 2015 to help Mississippi producers implement conservation practices through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Interested producers should visit their local NRCS office for information on EQIP sign-up periods.

“The Environmental Quality Incentives Program offers farmers, ranchers and forestland managers a variety of options to conserve natural resources, while boosting production on their lands,” State Conservationist Kurt Readus said. “This conservation investment helps improve environmental health and the economy of Mississippi rural communities.”

EQIP provides financial assistance for a variety of conservation activities, such as irrigation water management, reduced tillage, field buffers, rotational grazing systems and much more. NRCS accepts applications on a continuous basis; however dates are set for ranking applications.

The deadline for accepting applications to be considered in the first ranking period in Mississippi is Nov. 21. The next deadline for accepting applications for ranking is scheduled for Feb. 20, 2015, pending available funding.

To participate in EQIP, an applicant must be an individual, entity or joint operation that meets EQIP eligibility criteria. Applicants can sign up at their local NRCS office.

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