County landowners encouraged to apply for NRCS assistance

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The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is now accepting applications from Carroll County 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 fiscal year 2021 funding is December 11, 2020. 

We accept applications for the EQIP program on a continuous basis, however only applications received by December 11 will be considered for funding this fiscal year. 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, but not limited to, erosion control structures, fencing, and water supply development for improved grazing management, converting cropland to grass and cover crops.  NRCS District Conservationist, James Woodall, reported that in FY 2020 landowners in Carroll County received over $400,000 to assist them with these conservation practices.

Applications can be taken at the USDA Service Center.  To apply come by the local office in Huntingdon located at 630 High Street. Or call 731-209-4153 extension #3 for more information.  Applications MUST be received in your local Service Center by close of business on Friday, December 11, 2020.

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