Farmers and forest landowners will want to plan ahead and sign up early for USDA conservation funding. Angela Biggs, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist in Wisconsin, announced farmers and forest landowners interested in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) need to apply by October 20, 2017, for funding in 2018. Applications are being taken at all USDA Service Centers in Wisconsin.
EQIP is a voluntary conservation program that assists eligible landowners with conservation work on cropland, pastureland, forestland and farmsteads. Applications that qualify are ranked and scored by the NRCS and the most cost-effective and environmentally beneficial projects that will address Priority Resource concerns are selected for funding. Through EQIP, landowners interested in conservation practices are provided both technical assistance and financial assistance to install eligible practices. Cost share is available for conservation practices based on flat rates.
- Seasonal high tunnels for extending growing seasons
- Cover Crops for reducing erosion, building soil organic matter, and reducing compaction
- Erosion Control Practices: (Terraces, Sediment Basins, Waterways, No Till, Strip till)
- Prescribed Grazing Practices (Fencing, Water facilities (tanks and pipelines), Pasture seeding
Many Other Practices Available!!!
More information about the EQIP program can be found by visiting: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/wi/programs/financial/eqip/ or by calling the local NRCS office for Fond du Lac County at (920) 923-3033, extension 4661 to set up an appointment.