Ohio NRCS announces EQIP application deadline

Ohio NRCS announces EQIP application deadline
                        

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Services announced Friday, Jan. 15 as the deadline to submit applications for Ohio’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program.

EQIP is a voluntary conservation program that helps producers make conservation work for them. NRCS provides agricultural producers with financial resources and one-on-one help to plan and implement improvements, or what NRCS calls conservation practices. Using these practices can lead to cleaner water and air, healthier soil, and better wildlife habitat, all while improving agricultural operations. Through EQIP people can voluntarily implement conservation practices, and NRCS co-invests in these practices with them. Together, NRCS and producers invest in solutions that conserve natural resources for the future while also improving agricultural operations.

Financial assistance is now available in a variety of agricultural categories such as cropland, pasture operations and organic. Several special projects also are available that address water quality, forestry management, improving pollinator populations and wildlife habitat, pasture improvements and more.

Applicants should be farmers or farm or forest landowners and meet eligibility criteria. To participate in USDA conservation programs, call Holmes County district conservationist Josh Britton as soon as possible at 330-600-3103 or email Joshua.Britton@usda.gov. The Holmes County Ag Service Center is closed to walk-in visitors, but arrangements can be made by phone, email and through other digital tools.

Applications signed and submitted to NRCS by the Jan. 15 deadline will be evaluated for fiscal year 2021 funding. Visit Ohio NRCS website under “EQIP Funding Categories” for more details.

To learn more about EQIP or other technical and financial assistance available through NRCS conservation programs, visit Get Started with NRCS or contact your local USDA Service Center.


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