NRCS announces application ranking cutoff for key conservation program

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from NRCS

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).

“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,” said Kurt Readus, State Conservationist. “This conservation investment helps improve environmental health and the economy of Mississippi's rural communities.”

EQIP provides financial assistance for a variety of conservation activities, such as irrigation water management, reduced tillage, field buffers, tree planting, rotational grazing systems and much more. NRCS accepts applications on a continuous basis; however cutoff dates are set for ranking applications. The deadline for accepting applications for ranking is scheduled for February 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. For more information about EQIP or other technical or financial assistance programs offered by NRCS, please contact your local USDA service center at

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps America's farmers and ranchers conserve the Nation's soil, water, air and other natural resources. All programs are voluntary and offer science-based solutions that benefit both the landowner and the environment.

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