NRCS Announces Farm Bill Ranking Period
MORGANTOWN, WV, September 5, 2012—Natural Resources Conservation
Service (NRCS) offers voluntary conservation program opportunities through the
Farm Bill. Applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP),
Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative (CBWI), Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program
(WHIP), and Agriculture Management Assistance Program (AMA) are accepted at any
time. The next ranking cut-off is October 19, 2012. Applications will be
evaluated and ranked following this date based on funding.
EQIP funds are used to help correct environmental problems caused by
agricultural operations. Participants typically address soil erosion and water
quality problems associated with cropland and animal agriculture. Also included
in EQIP are funds to address issues on non-industrial forestland.
The CBWI is much the same as EQIP, but is limited to the eight counties in the
Chesapeake Bay watershed, West Virginia. Common to both programs are practices
such as cover crops, animal waste management, pasture management, livestock
water development, and forestry practices.
WHIP funds assist participants to install practices aimed at improving wildlife
habitat. Funds are available for threatened and endangered habitat protection,
stream habitat improvement, riparian area development, early successional
habitat, and other declining and important wildlife habitat.
AMA is a program to assist agricultural producers minimize risk associated with
agricultural production. Popular practices under the AMA program are irrigation
and other water development.
For more information and to apply for programs, please contact the NRCS at your
local USDA Service Center, listed in the telephone book under U.S. Department of
Agriculture, or your local conservation district. Information also is available
on the World Wide Web at:
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of
discrimination, write to USDA, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of
the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Stop
9410, Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call toll-free at (866) 632-9992 (English)
or (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866) 377-8642 (English Federal-relay) or (800)
845-6136 (Spanish Federal-relay).
||Public Affairs Specialist
1550 Earl Core Road, Suite 200,
Morgantown, WV 26505
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