Deadline approaching for Environmental Quality Incentives Program
For Crossroads producers looking for assistance, one program deadline is just around the corner.
The second ranking period cut-off date for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program is April 19, said Diane Arnold, district conservationist for the United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Services in a conservation service news release.
EQIP is a voluntary conservation program that promotes environmental quality and helps producers meet local, state and federal regulations.
Those interested should submit applications to the Victoria County Natural Resources Conservation Services office by the deadline so their applications can be considered during 2013's second ranking period.
"EQIP is a valuable tool to help Victoria County's agricultural producers implement conservation practices that provide environmental benefits to help sustain agricultural operations," Arnold said in the release.
EQIP is a continuous sign-up program that allows landowners or operators to apply for financial and technical assistance for the application of specific conservation practices; but April 19 marks the deadline for the second 2013 funding.
Contracts are offered periodically, depending on budgetary allocations.
Applications made after the deadline will be considered in the next funding cycle. Higher priority will be given to applications that address national, state and local priorities and provide higher cost efficiency.
For more information, including eligibility requirements, call Victoria's USDA Service Center office at 361-575-9542, Ext. 3. Service center locations and program information are also available online at tx.nrcs.usda.gov.