November 9, 2006

EQIP Offers Incentives for Conservation Practices

The Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) is a USDA program administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). EQIP offers cost-share and incentive money for landowners willing to apply a number of conservation management practices. The current application-ranking period for 2007 EQIP funding runs until November 17, 2006.

Eligible practices that might benefit a Confined Animal Feeding Operation include: Composting Facility, Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan, Manure Transfer Equipment, Waste Storage Facility, and Windbreak/Shelter Belt Establishment. Eligible pasture and hay land practices include: Brush Management, Interior Fencing, Pasture and Hay Land Planting, Waterlines and Tanks, Use Exclusion, and Prescribed Grazing. Eligible cropland practices include: Agrochemical Mixing Facility, Nutrient Management, Pest Management and Terraces. Eligible forestry and wildlife practices include: Field Borders, Forest Stand Improvement, Prescribed Burning, Tree and Shrub Planting, Upland Wildlife Habitat Management, and Wetland Wildlife Habitat Management.

If you are interested in applying for the EQIP program or would like more information please stop by or call Andy Hodge in the NRCS office in Memphis at 660-465-7251 Ext. 114 before November 17th.

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