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NRCS offering grant money to Indiana Farmers

Friday, December 28, 2012

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering grants through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to Indiana Farmers.

According to a press release issued by the NRCS, there will be $26 million available to assist with nutrient management, reduced tillage, cover crops, rotational grazing systems and other conservation practices.

"The Environmental Quality Incentives Program offers farmers and forest land managers a variety of options to conserve natural resources while boosting production on their lands," Acting State Conservationist Kimberly Neumann said in the press release. "This $26 million investment in conservation protects water quality and other resource concerns, and helps the economy of Indiana's rural communities."

Applications are continually accepted, but the deadline for the first round of funding is Jan. 18 at the NRCS office in Bloomfield, located at 104 CR 70 E, Suite B.

District Conservationist Tammy Swihart can be contacted at 384-4781 extension 3, or by email at tammy.swihart@in.usda.gov for more information about this program.

Applications accepted after Jan. 18 will be considered for a second round of funding, with a sign up deadline of March 15.

The press release also states district conservationists are trained to help farmers and producers implement the necessary conservation techniques in order to maintain soil health, productivity and sustainability. They also stress the importance of protecting natural resources.

EQIP provides financial assistance in need of conservation practices to treat natural water or land through irrigation, reduced tillage, grazing systems or cover crops.

EQIP and NRCS also offer a variety of other programs including an On-Farm Energy Initiative to help producers conserve energy on their operations; a Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative to help extend the growing season; an Organic Initiative to install conservation techniques for organic producers; and an Air Quality Initiative to assist with air quality concerns through cover cops, windbreaks and nutrient management.

Applications must be submitted by an individual, entity or joint operation that meets EQIP criteria.



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