USDA-NRCS Accepting Applications for Irrigation Water Conservation FundsMon, 08 Dec 2014 10:39:20 CST
Gary O'Neill, Oklahoma State Conservationist for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Program (NRCS) has announced that the state has once again set aside Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds for financially assisting producers with applications that address irrigation water conservation practices that reduce the amount of water used to produce a crop. To be eligible for financial assistance, the land must have been irrigated two (2) of the five (5) years previous to the application for EQIP funding. The conservation measures applied through the EQIP Water Conservation Program must result in a net water savings to the operating unit. Farmers and ranchers will have the opportunity to install more efficient irrigation systems with financial assistance. O'Neill added, "Irrigation water conservation is only one of several initiatives that are available under DQIP. Other programs include: AFO/CAFO Waste Management, Lagoon Closure, Seasonal High Tunnel Houses, Energy, National Water Quality Incentive, and the Organic Initiative. All program applications will be due in the local NRCS by January 16, 2015.
O'Neill said, "We are accepting applications for participation in the EQIP Statewide Irrigation Water Management Initiative on a continuous basis, however, only applications received by January 16, 2015 will be ranked and considered for funding this year from a list of high priority applications until the funding allocation is obligated." Unfunded applications will be maintained for future funding consideration if the applicant chooses to remain on the waiting list. Funding selections will be made on or before March 27, 2015, exclusively for those applications received. Interested producers may learn more by visiting their local NRCS website by clicking here. You may also receive additional information and apply by visiting your local NRCS Field Office.
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