USDA NRCS in Tennessee Now Accepting FY 2019 EQIP Applications Application deadline is Friday, January 18, 2019
TRENTON, December 18, 2018– Producers in Tennessee who are interested in implementing conservation practices to improve natural resources on their farmland have until Friday, January 18, 2019 to submit their application for financial assistance through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
“We accept applications for this program on a continuous basis, however, only the applications received by January 18th will be considered for funding this fiscal year,” said Sheldon Hightower, NRCS Tennessee State Conservationist. “EQIP places a priority on water quality, water conservation, and promotes soil health practices by offering financial and technical assistance to address these resource concerns on eligible agricultural land.”
EQIP will be offering funding for High Tunnel and On-Farm Energy initiatives for this signup in addition to traditional funding opportunities. EQIP is an incentives-based program that provides technical and financial assistance for conservation systems such as animal waste management facilities, irrigation system efficiency improvements, fencing, and water supply development for improved grazing management, riparian protection, wildlife habitat enhancement, and cover crops for soil resource protection.
Applications can be taken at the USDA Service Center-NRCS Field Office, 1252 Manufacturers Row, Trenton, TN 38382. Applications MUST be received in your local Service Center by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 18, 2019.
NRCS continually strives to put conservation planning at the forefront of its programs and initiatives. Conservation plans provide landowners with a comprehensive inventory and assessment of their resources and an appropriate start to improving the quality of soil, water, air, plants, and wildlife on their land.
Conservation planning services can also be obtained through a Technical Service Provider (TSP) who will develop a Conservation Activity Plan (CAP) to identify conservation practices needed to address a specific natural resource need. Typically, these plans are specific to certain kinds of land use, such as transitioning to organic operations, grazing land, or forest land. CAPs can also address a specific resource need, such as a plan for management of nutrients. Although not required, producers who first develop a CAP for their land use, may use this information in applying for future implementation contracts.
To find out more about EQIP, fill out the eligibility forms, or obtain an application, visit the Tennessee NRCS website.
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USDA NRCS Announces Funding Opportunity to
Adopt Conservation Practices through Initiatives and Special Projects
Deadline for Applications is Friday, November 2, 2018
TRENTON, September 28, 2018 - The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) is announcing a funding opportunity through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to facilitate the adoption of conservation practices for several of the NRCS National Initiatives and Special Projects. To be considered in this fiscal year (FY) 2019 first funding cycle, applications must be received by Friday, November 2, 2018.
“While we accept applications for this program on a continuous basis, only the applications received by November 2 will be considered for funding this fiscal year,” said Sheldon Hightower, Tennessee NRCS State Conservationist. “This early sign-up places a priority on water quality, water conservation, and promotes soil health practices by offering assistance to landowners to address resource concerns on eligible agricultural land.”
EQIP is an incentives-based program that provides technical and financial assistance to eligible private landowners for conservation systems such as animal waste management facilities, irrigation system efficiency improvements, fencing, and water supply development for improved grazing management, riparian protection, and wildlife habitat enhancement.
Projects to be considered for this early funding cycle include:
• Mississippi River Basin Initiative: To address water quality concerns and agricultural sources of nutrients and sediment, NRCS works with farmers and conservation partners to implement conservation practices that help trap sediment and reduce nutrient runoff to improve the overall health of the Mississippi River.
Interested applicants must meet the specific funding pool’s required criteria to be considered for funding in this early signup. EQIP applications submitted after the cut-off date of November 2, 2018 will be accepted on a continuous basis and may be considered for funding at a later date in the fiscal year.
For more information about signing up for EQIP please visit the Trenton USDA Service Center (1252 Manufacturers Row, Trenton, TN 38382). For more information about Tennessee NRCS, visit the website at www.tn.nrcs.usda.gov.
Trenton Field Office Welcomes Luke Hemby
The Gibson County Soil Conservation District is proud to announce the newest addition to the Trenton Field Office, Mr. Luke Hemby. Luke was hired on as the new District Technician in August. We are very excited and know that Luke will be an asset for the Trenton Field Office and the producers of Gibson County.
Luke is a native of Gates, Tennessee and a 2012 graduate from The University of Tennessee at Martin with a degree in Agriculture. He has spent the last 4 years working as a District Technician for the Lauderdale County Soil Conservation District. In Luke’s free time, he enjoys raising horses, riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and being a pickup man in saddle bronc and bareback riding competitions at rodeos.
Gibson County Soil Conservation District Takes Home Blue Ribbon
The Gibson County Soil Conservation District along with NRCS participated in the 163rd Gibson County Fair by displaying an exhibit that won first place. The theme of the 163rd Gibson County Fair was Carnival Lights and Country Nights. The booth displayed the theme well by incorporating both agriculture and carnival into a fun environment for children and adults to enjoy. Many of the props were made by Mr. Hill Rodgers, retired GCSCD technician. Pamphlets and other handouts were provided at the exhibit to offer education on conservation to a non-traditional audience.