04-19-17 NRCS Uses EQIP Program to Help Landowners Impacted by Recent Wildfires

NRCS Uses EQIP Program to Help Landowners Impacted by Recent Wildfires

Farmers and Ranchers in Logan and Phillips Counties may submit applications until May 19, 2017

April 13, 2017, DENVER, CO – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Colorado announces the availability of funding to help private landowners impacted by the recent wildfire in Logan and Phillips Counties.  Landowners interested in replacing or restoring critical irrigation systems, replacing windbreaks and shelterbelts, rebuilding fences, protecting and restoring scorched grazing lands, and implementing various conservation measures to mitigate losses are encouraged to apply.  Producers within the affected area must submit applications by Friday, May 19, 2017 to their local NRCS field office.

“Agricultural operations in the area of the wildfire have been devastated,” said Acting State Conservationist Randy Randall.  “The funding announced today can help these farmers and ranchers start the process of recovery.

NRCS will use its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to assist local producers. EQIP is a voluntary Farm Bill Conservation program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to help plan and implement conservation practices that address priority local and state resource concerns.  Producers must submit a complete program application and establish “farm records” along with other documentation to support eligibility to be considered for financial assistance through EQIP.

Applications MUST be submitted to the local NRCS field office located within the local USDA Service Center that services your county, and must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Friday,
May 19, 2017.  To find out more information about EQIP or to find the local service center near you, please visit http://www.co.nrcs.usda.gov and select the CONTACT US or PROGRAMS link.