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Deadline approaching to apply for Natural Resource Conservation Service funds

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For more information about the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and other conservation programs, visit your local NRCS field office or http://www.ne.nrcs.usda.gov.

Farmers and ranchers interested in soil, water and wildlife conservation are encouraged to sign up now for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. EQIP is available from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Those interested in receiving finding should sign up before Oct. 21.

EQIP is a voluntary conservation program available to private landowners and operators. Through EQIP, farmers and ranchers receive financial and technical help to install conservation practices on agricultural land.

According to Craig Derickson, NRCS State Conservationist, there are several options available to producers through EQIP.

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program has become one of the most widely applied conservation programs in Nebraska; enrolling over 296,000 acres in 2016 with over 800,000 acres currently under contract statewide.

Individuals interested in entering into an EQIP agreement may apply at any time, but the ranking of applications on hand to receive funding will begin Oct. 21. The first step is to visit your local NRCS field office and complete an application.

— Courtesy of NRCS