EQIP applications due November 20

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

STILLWATER — Gary O’Neill, USDA-NRCS state conservationist for Oklahoma, reminded producers that the Environmental Quality Incentives Program applications for 2016 are due in the local NRCS offices on Nov. 20.

“EQIP is available to producers and landowners active in agricultural or forest production engaged in livestock, agricultural or forest production on eligible land that have a natural resource concern to be addressed,” O’Neill stated.

EQIP provides financial assistance for eligible producers to help plan and implement conservation practices that address existing natural resource concerns and for opportunities to improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland. An additional purpose of EQIP is to assist producers to meet federal, state, tribal and local environmental regulations. There are several special initiatives in Oklahoma that provide funding assistance through EQIP to address state priority resource concerns associated with organic farming, seasonal high tunnels, animal feeding operations and confined animal feeding operations, waste management, lagoon closures, irrigation water conservation, among others. Producers are encouraged to contact their local NRCS office for details about all of these and other programs that might be available to them.

O’Neill added “EQIP is an important Farm Bill conservation program that helps established farmers as well as beginning, historically underserved, and limited resource producers.