Inside NRCS-CO w/Resource Conservationist Kindra Brandner regarding EQIP Signup Deadline of Feb 17th and more…
(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) February 2, 2017 – Producers in Colorado who are interested in implementing conservation practices to improve natural resources on their private agricultural land have until Friday, February 17, 2017, to submit applications for FY 2017 funding through the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Eligible applications that are received after February 17th will be considered during a later time and will be processed throughout the fiscal year as needed.
Joining the CO Ag News Network to discuss the NRCS EQIP Funding in more detail is Kindra Brandner, Resource Conservationist & Financial Assistance Program Manager @ NRCS-Colorado…Kindra welcome inside the BARN, let’s begin with a brief explanation of what EQIP is and its benefits for producers that take advantage of the program…
Applications can be taken at all Colorado NRCS offices and USDA Service Centers. To locate an office near you, please click on this link: USDA Service Center.
Applications MUST be received in your local Service Center by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 17, 2017.
To find out more information about EQIP please visit https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/co/programs/financial/eqip/.
To find the local service center that services your county, please visit https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/co/contact/local/
The US Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service…Helping People Help the Land – learn more online @ www.nrcs.usda.gov
ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE
NRCS Accepting Applications to Assists Farmers and Ranchers
Address Colorado’s Natural Resource Concerns
Environmental Quality Incentives Program Applications Must be received by Friday, February 17, 2017
DENVER, CO – The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Colorado is currently accepting applications for enrollment into the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). EQIP is a voluntary Farm Bill program that provides financial assistance for conservation systems such as animal waste management facilities, irrigation system efficiency improvements, fencing, water supply development, riparian protection, and wildlife habitat enhancement. Producers interested in implementing conservation practices to improve natural resources on their private agricultural land have until Friday, February 17, 2017 to submit applications.
The opportunities to participate in EQIP are diverse. In addition to the general EQIP enrollment, the Program also affords Veterans, socially disadvantaged, beginning, and limited resource farmers and ranchers specific opportunities to improve or enhance natural resources on their lands. There are even specific opportunities for landowners with interests in improving forest and soil health as well as those wanting to enhance sage grouse, southwestern willow flycatcher, and lesser prairie chicken habitat.
Applications are accepted at all Colorado NRCS offices which are located in USDA Service Centers. To find out more information about EQIP or to locate a local NRCS office near you, please visit www.co.nrcs.usda.gov and select the Contact Us or Programs links. You may click the following: USDA SERVICE CENTER or PROGRAMS.
When visiting with NRCS staff about the EQIP program, landowners are encouraged to inquire about NRCS’ comprehensive conservation plans. The Agency continually strives to put conservation planning at the forefront of its programs and initiatives. Conservation plans provide landowners with a comprehensive inventory and assessment of their resources and an appropriate start to improving the quality of soil, water, air, plants, and wildlife on their land.