The fiscal year 2008 initial signup period to receive financial assistance through the USDA's Environmental Quality Incentives Program or EQIP will end Friday, November 30. Since EQIP is a continuous signup program, applications will be accepted after the November 30 deadline.
Applications received during the signup will be the first to be considered for the funding that is available, says Dave Brommel, EQIP program coordinator for the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service in Iowa.
Number of different practices are eligible
EQIP offers financial assistance to install conservation practices. Statewide EQIP practices include, but are not limited to: grassed waterways, manure management facilities, terracing, pest management, ag drainage wellhead protection and pasture management. Other practices include tree planting, windbreaks, stripcropping, conservation tillage, organic crop production and wildlife habitat management. Signup is at local USDA Service Centers.
"Conservation plans must be developed for the entire area that will be included in the EQIP contract," he says. "Under EQIP, the USDA provides technical assistance on certain structural practices and incentive payments to producers who enter contracts up to 10 years based on conservation plans."
For more information or to apply for an EQIP contract, contact your local USDA Service Center.