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NRCS Announces 2010 Signup for Conservation Program

October 21, 2009 - TRC - By Lynn Lubas, USDA

Any producer engaged in livestock, crop or forest production on cropland, pastureland and private non-industrial forestland may apply for EQIP.
Agricultural and forest producers in Piscataquis County who would like technical and financial assistance to manage their natural resources are encouraged to apply for the federal Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Applications for EQIP are accepted on a continuous basis. However, only applications which are received by December 1, 2009 will be considered for funding in 2010.

Applications received after this date will be considered for funding in 2011.

Applicants will need to work with NRCS conservation planners to assess resource needs and agree on practices to treat these needs. Funding decisions on the ranked applications received by the December 1st cut-off will be made after February 1, 2010.

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program offers technical and financial assistance to agricultural and forest producers to implement conservation practices to address such concerns as soil and water quality, grazing land conservation, animal waste management, forest stand improvement and irrigation water management. Any producer engaged in livestock, crop or forest production on eligible land may apply for EQIP. Eligible land includes cropland, pastureland and private non-industrial forestland.

Priority resource concerns being addressed in Piscataquis County are soil erosion on agricultural lands, forest health and stream crossing improvements for water quality and fish passage.

Producers should visit the USDA Service Center located at the Pine Crest Business Park in Dover-Foxcroft or call 564-2321 to begin the conservation planning process and complete the necessary paperwork.

General program information is available on the Maine NRCS website at www.me.nrcs.usda.gov.

“USDA is committed to providing conservation tools and resources to help producers ensure that their land remains healthy and productive,” said NRCS District Conservationist David Power. “We’re available to help farmers develop a conservation plan to address their resource concerns.”

NRCS is the lead conservation agency that helps farmers conserve, maintain and improve natural resources through science-based conservation efforts, technical assistance and incentive-based programs.

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.