EQIP applications deadline set March 6

The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is now accepting applications from Tennessee producers and landowners who are interested in implementing conservation practices to improve natural resources on their farm or forest land.

Funding is available through the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), and the deadline to apply for this funding is March 6. Submitted eligible applications that are received after March 6 will be considered during a later time and will be processed throughout the fiscal year as needed.

“We accept applications for the EQIP program on a continuous basis, however only applications received by March 6 will be considered for funding this fiscal year,” said Tennessee NRCS State Conservationist Sheldon Hightower. “EQIP places a priority on water quality, water conservation, and promotes soil health practices by offering financial and technical assistance to address these resource concerns on eligible agricultural land.”

EQIP is an incentives program that provides financial assistance for conservation systems such as animal waste management facilities, fencing, and water supply development for improved grazing management, riparian protection, and wildlife habitat enhancement.

Applications can be taken at all Tennessee NRCS offices and USDA Service Centers. The Lincoln County service center is located at 820 William D. Jones Blvd., Fayetteville. You can also contact the office at 931-438-2450, ext. 3. Applications must be received in your local Service Center by close of business on Friday, March 6.

NRCS continually strives to put conservation planning at the forefront of its programs and initiatives. Conservation plans provide landowners with a comprehensive inventory and assessment of their resources and an appropriate start to improving the quality of soil, water, air, plants, and wildlife on their land. To find out more about EQIP, visit the website at www.tn.nrcs.usda.gov.

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