Natural Resources Conservation Service News
The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the St. Martin Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) would like to remind its producers that the 2008 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) has a continuous sign-up.
Landowners who wish to participate in this should have their applications submitted to their local NRCS/SWCD Field Office.
EQIP is a voluntary conservation program administered by the NRCS. The program supports Louisiana farmers who have set compatible goals in both production agriculture and environmental quality. Through EQIP, Louisiana farmers may receive financial and technical help to plan, design and install structural conservation practices, and to plan and implement management practices on eligible agricultural land.
A statewide EQIP sign-up for agricultural waste management, integrated crop management, irrigation water management, erosion control, grazing land management, and forested land management is currently underway. EQIP is a competitive program. All applications that are will be ranked. The ranking system uses a combination of statewide and local criteria to help determine which applications are the most environmentally beneficial projects. Those projects that are ranked highest will be funded during the third and final ranking period. We encourage all those who wish to participate to continue to submit EQIP applications throughout the year in anticipation for future ranking periods.
For more information about EQIP and the NRCS, visit www.la.nrcs.usda.gov. Your local NRCS Field Office is located at 114 Courthouse St., Breaux Bridge, and can be reached by calling 332-2910 ext. 3.