Signup continues for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), a voluntary conservation program of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). This program is available to farmers to install or implement structural, vegetative and management practices on eligible agricultural land. EQIP practices include, but are not limited to: grassed waterways, terraces, grade stabilization structures, waste storage facilities, cover crops, no-till, brush management, and pest and nutrient management.
EQIP applications are accepted by the NRCS Office, located at the USDA Service Center, 314 Lake Street. Historically underserved clients, such as socially disadvantaged and beginning farmers, will receive special consideration for EQIP funding. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis. Cutoff dates to rank applications will be set and advertised periodically as funds become available. Planning for implementation of practices for 2012 will need to be done as soon as possible.
For more information or to apply for an EQIP contract, visit the Cherokee USDA Service Center, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., or call 712-225-4151.