EQUIP Applications Due January 16, 2015Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:51:02 CST
Gary O'Neill, USDA-NRCS State Conservationist for Oklahoma has announced that EQIP applications for 2015 are due in the local NRCS offices on January 16, 2015. He said that the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is available to producers and landowners active in agricultural or forest production engaged in livestock, agricultural, or forest production on eligible land that have a natural resource concern to be addressed.
The EQIP provides financial assistance for elibible producers to help plan and implement conservation practices that address existing natural resource concerns and for opportunities to improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland. Another purpose of EQIP is to help producers meet Federal, State, Tribal, and local environmental regulations.
O'Neill added "The EQIP is an important Farm Bill conservation program that helps established famers as well as beginning, historically underserved, and limited resource producers. This is another example of the work of NRCS in Oklahoma and our efforts together with our partners to adddress environmental conservation issues and strengthen Oklahoma's rural economy."
Eligible landowners and operators in Oklahoma need to apply at their local NRCS office by January 16, 2015 to be considered for the current ranking period. While local offices accept EQIP applications throughtout the year, NRCS evaluates applications during announced ranking periods. To be eligible for this enrollment period, producers are encouraged to have their applications submbitted to NRCS by January 16.
Since there are changes that have been made in the EQIP Program under the new Farm Bill, it is important that producers and landowners learn more about this year's EQIP by viewing the NRCS website by clicking here or by calling or visiting a local NRCS field office.
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