Producers in Cherokee County should be excited about the $18 million in financial assistance that is available to Iowa agricultural producers for applying conservation and wildlife habitat management practices on their farms through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP).
Producers that want to be considered for the first round of funding selections, must apply at the Cherokee USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office by Jan. 21. EQIP and WHIP are offered through a continuous signup, but NRCS periodically makes funding selections as program dollars allow.
Conservation plans must be developed for the entire area that will be included in an EQIP and/or a WHIP contract, so it is important that producers call and schedule an appointment for program application needs. Some of the EQIP practices include, but are not limited to: Grassed Waterways, Manure Management Facilities, Terracing, No-till, Brush Management, Cover Crop, and Pasture Management. Livestock producers may qualify for EQIP assistance to treat livestock waste resource concerns on existing facilities.
Structures associated with new livestock facilities are not eligible.
Lands eligible for WHIP includes: private agricultural land and nonindustrial private forestland, some of the practices include, but are not limited to: Tree and Shrub Establishment, Conservation Cover, and Prescribed Burning , to name a few.
Higher financial assistance rates for EQIP and WHIP are available for beginning, socially disadvantaged and limited resource farmers.
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