July 18, 2002

New Farm Bill To Be Topic Of Local Meetings

The Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, signed into law by President Bush earlier this summer has a significant increase in funding for conservation programs, especially the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP).

The EQIP program has been made simpler and numerous conservation practices have been added. There is a tremendous opportunity now available for landowners to receive financial assistance either through cost share or incentive payments to implement conservation practices that address soil erosion, water quality, wildlife, grazing lands, animal waste management, timberland and related natural resource concerns.

To help landowners become aware of this opportunity local representatives of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) have scheduled two public information meetings on the topic.

The first meeting will be held Tuesday, July 23 at the University of Missouri Greenly Research Farm at Novelty. The following evening a meeting will be held at the Fire Station in Memphis. Both meetings are scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.

Landowners are invited to attend one of these meetings to learn more about the EQIP program and the conservation opportunities that may be available for implementation on local farms. For more information contact the Memphis (660-465-7251 ext. 3) or Edina (660-397-2223 ext. 3) office.

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