Agricultural producers wanting to conserve water or address water, air, or animal waste issues; reduce erosion; improve wildlife habitat; obtain a seasonal high tunnel; or just plain improve conservation on their farming operation have one more week to apply for financial assistance through the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) during FY2015’s first ranking period. There is still time to be considered, but you must first fill out eligibility forms. Once you qualify, your application must be submitted to your local NRCS Office by Friday, December 19, 2014.
NRCS accepts applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Program year round; however, the deadline for this ranking period is fast approaching. Applications received after that will be accepted and considered, if funds are still available.
EQIP is a voluntary conservation program for those engaged in livestock, forestry, or agricultural production – including organics. The program offers financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices on eligible agricultural land, and provides payments for implementing conservation practices that have a positive environmental impact, while protecting long-term agricultural production and sustainability. Eligible crop production includes—but is not limited to—field-grown ornamentals, fruits, orchards, plant materials in greenhouses, row crops, vegetables, and vineyards.
AMA provides financial assistance to help manage risk and solve natural resource issues through conservation, as well as for seasonal high tunnels.
To find out more about EQIP, or fill out eligibility forms, or obtain an application, contact your local USDA Service Center:
• Danielson – (860) 779-0557
• Hamden – (203) 287-8038
• Norwich – (860) 887-3604
• Torrington – (860) 626-8258
• Windsor – (860) 688-7725
Visit the “Getting Started” section on the USDA website.