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Nov. 12 deadline for NRCS conservation applications


September 15, 2010
By Manure Manager

September 15, 2010 – The USDA Natural Resources
Conservation Service (NRCS) in California has set the application deadline for
Fiscal Year 2011 Farm Bill conservation programs funding as November 12, 2010.

September 15, 2010 – The USDA Natural Resources
Conservation Service (NRCS) in California
has set the application deadline for
Fiscal Year 2011 Farm Bill conservation programs funding as November 12, 2010.

The deadline includes all
California Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Wildlife Habitat
Incentives Program (WHIP)
initiatives.

NRCS’s EQIP program
initiatives eligible for this sign up include, but are not limited to:

  • Water Quality – Animal
    Feeding Operations (AFO)
  • Water Conservation/Drought
    Response
  • Wildlife Habitat
    Improvements
  • California Air Quality
  • Grazing Lands Management
  • Forest Lands Management

To date in 2010,
California NRCS has obligated more than $74 million in EQIP funds for more than
5,600 contracts and 821,000 acres statewide. However, the number of
applications received this past year far exceeds the amount of funding
available. NRCS is anticipating similar funding for 2011. Farmers and ranchers
are encouraged to start their application process as soon as possible to ensure
consideration for this funding cycle.

NRCS invites landowners to
apply before the November 12, 2010, deadline, by visiting a local NRCS office
or USDA Service Center. Driving directions and contact information for the
Service Centers are available on the web at www.ca.nrcs.usda.gov/contact/.


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