Producers interested in applying for several popular Natural Resources Conservation Service programs must complete applications by November 16, 2012 to be considered for funding in fiscal year 2013. The specific programs are the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and the Organic, On Farm Energy, Seasonal High Tunnel and Working Lands for Wildlife Initiatives.
EQIP helps agricultural producers complete resource conservation projects and make conservation-related management changes on their farms or ranches.
The Organic Initiative can help certified and transitioning organic producers invest in conservation practices such as cover crops, nutrient management, or drip irrigation.
The On-Farm Energy Initiative offers producers the opportunity to develop Agricultural Energy Management Plans that assess their farms’ energy consumption for equipment and farm facilities. Or it can help producers to implement conservation practices identified in their Agricultural Energy Management Plan.
The Seasonal High Tunnel Pilot Initiative helps producers plan for and install steel-framed, polyethylene-covered structures that extend the growing season.
Applications for these programs received by November 16 will be evaluated and ranked for approval based on available funds. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis, but only applications received by November 16th will be considered for funding in fiscal year 2013.
For more information on these programs as well as eligibility requirements, stop by your local USDA service center or visit NRCS online at http://www.id.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/.