Thursday, November 3, 2011

NRCS Conservation Programs Deadline Fast Approaching

Applicants are encouraged to submit applications for assistance through Nov. 18, 2011

Contacts:
Jonathan Groveman (530) 792-5692
Alan Forkey (530) 792-5653

DAVIS, Calif., October 19, 2011—For those farmers, ranchers, forestry landowners and Tribes who are interested in applying for Fiscal Year 2012 Farm Bill conservation program-financial assistance, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California has set Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, as the application cutoff for ranking consideration.

This deadline includes all California Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) and existing Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) project priorities. The deadline for NRCS’s National Initiatives (EQIP Organic, High Tunnels, Energy and Air Quality) will be provided at a later date.

EQIP is a voluntary conservation program that supports agricultural productivity and environmental quality as compatible goals. Through EQIP, agricultural producers receive technical and financial assistance to implement projects that address resource concerns such as water conservation and water and air quality.

WHIP is a voluntary program for private landowners who want to develop or improve wildlife habitat on private farms and ranch lands. It provides both technical and financial assistance to help establish and improve fish and wildlife habitat.

AWEP is a voluntary conservation initiative that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to implement agricultural water enhancement activities on agricultural land to conserve surface and ground water and improve water quality. As part of EQIP, AWEP operates through program contracts with producers to plan and implement conservation practices in project areas established through partnership agreements.

For additional information, landowners are encouraged to contact their local NRCS Service Center. Service center locations and more information on the programs can be found at www.ca.nrcs.usda.gov.