DEADLINE FOR NRCS FUNDING SET FOR SEPTEMBER 30
The deadline for producers to sign up for 2012 funding for Natural Resources Conservation Services conservation programs is Sept. 30.
Funding for the following programs are available:
• Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP): Encourages producers to address resource concerns by undertaking additional conservation activities and improving, maintaining and managing existing conservation activities.
• Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP): Provides assistance to farmers and ranchers who face threats to soil, water, air and related natural resources on their land. Includes the Agricultural Water Enhancement Program, organic farming and high tunnels.
• Grassland Reserve Program (GRP): Offers landowners the opportunity to protect, restore and enhance grasslands on their property.
• Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP): Encourages creation of high quality wildlife habitats that support wildlife populations of national, state, tribal and local significance. Includes Longleaf Pine and Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP).
Applications are accepted on a continuous basis; however, selecting applications for funding is completed periodically through batching periods with specific cutoff dates.
Eligible producers applying for CSP, EQUIP and WHIP programs may receive a payment based on the statewide average cost of the installation of the conservation practice.
Socially disadvantaged, limited resource and beginning farmers and ranchers are eligible for a higher payment based on the statewide average cost of the installation of the conservation practice. They also may receive up to 30 percent advanced payment for purchasing materials or contracting.
GRP and WRP are conservation easement programs where landowners receive payments for developing and protecting wetlands and grazing lands.
Interested landowners can contact their local NRCS office or online at Local NRCS office. General program information is availableat Alabama NRCS.