Alabama offers funding for feral hog management

In Southeast Farm Press

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service recently announced that eligible landowners interested in Alabama’s Wild Pig Damage Management Program should apply for financial assistance by Jan. 20.

Environmental Quality Incentives Program funding for 2017 supports the initiative. Continue reading

Conservation Innovation grants available

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) are competitive grants that stimulate the development and adoption of innovative approaches and technologies for conservation on agricultural lands. CIG uses Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds to award competitive grants to non-Federal governmental or nongovernmental organizations, American Indian Tribes, or individuals. Producers involved in CIG funded projects must be EQIP eligible.

Through CIG, NRCS partners with public and private entities to accelerate technology transfer and adopt promising technologies. These new technologies and approaches address some of the Nation’s most pressing natural resources concerns. CIG benefits agricultural producers by providing more options for environmental enhancement and compliance with Federal, State, and local regulations.   Continue reading

USDA Seeks Public Comment on New Environmental Quality Incentives Program Rule

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is publishing a rule that outlines how it will improve the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), one of USDA’s largest conservation programs. The interim final rule includes program changes authorized by Congress in the 2014 Farm Bill.

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2014 EQIP Conservation Plan opportunities

Enrollment is currently underway for the NRCS EQIP Organic Initiative (OI).  Organic producers who are interested in cost-share assistance for implementing conservation practices to enhance environmental and natural resource quality on their farms should contact their local NRCS (Natural Resource Conservation Service) office to submit an application. Although applications are accepted at any time throughout the year, they are only reviewed during specific application or “batching” periods (dates represent deadlines).

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