The United States Department of Agriculture/Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will have financial and technical assistance available for fiscal year 2017 to assist Mississippi producers with the implementation of conservation practices through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
NRCS accepts applications for EQIP opportunities on a continuous basis, however there are certain deadline dates set forth to rank applications in designated ranking periods.The deadline to sign-up to be considered in the first ranking period is November 18, 2016.
NRCS helps producers improve water and air quality, build healthier soils, improve grazing and forest lands, conserve energy, enhance organic operations and achieve many environmental benefits. All NRCS programs are completely voluntary and offer science-based solutions that benefit both the landowner and the environment.
"The Environmental Quality Incentives Program offers producers a variety of options to conserve natural resources on their properties," stated Kurt Readus,
State Conservationist for Mississippi. "This conservation investment helps improve environmental health and the economy of Mississippi's communities."
Applicants can sign up at their local NRCS office. Interested producers, farmers and ranchers can apply for EQIP and obtain more information at their local USDA/NRCS office. For more information about EQIP, visit the NRCS website: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/ms/programs/financial/eqip/?cid=nrcs142p2_017159