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Cut-off for first ranking period nears
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service District Conservationist Jason Katcsmorak reminds agriculture producers that the ranking period cut-off date for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is Friday, Feb. 15. Producers interested in EQIP should submit applications to the Wilson County Natural Resources Conservation office by the deadline so their applications can be considered during the first ranking period of 2013.
EQIP -- one of the largest programs in the Farm Bill -- is a voluntary conservation program that promotes environmental quality and assists producers to meet local, state, and federal regulations. The environmental program 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.
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 those applications that address national, state, and local priorities and provide higher cost efficiency.
For more information, including eligibility requirements, call the U.S. Department of Agriculture Service Center office in Floresville at 830-393-3555, ext. 3 or visit www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov.
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