Deadline Set for Conservation Funds Applications

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced that Dec. 14, 2007, will be the cutoff date for funding applications in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). EQIP will provide an incentive payment ranging from $30 to $70 per acre for the conversion from a conventional cropping system to an organic cropping system. The cost share rate is dependent on geographical area and whether the cropland is dryland or irrigated.

Cost share dollars are also available for the transition to an organic grazing system. That incentive payment is $10 per acre. EQIP can also provide cost share dollars to install a planned grazing system, which may include range seeding, cross fence, watering systems and pipeline.

People interested in applying for EQIP should contact their local Natural Resources Conservation Service office. For more information about EQIP and the other conservation opportunities available through NRCS, visit www.ne.nrcs.usda.gov/programs.

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