Apply by April 14 for FY 2017 Conservation Funding

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The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announces an additional FY 2017 application batching period for agricultural producers to apply for funding to implement conservation practices on their private land and public land allotments.  The additional batching period is being announced to assure that an adequate number of applications are on hand to fully utilize the FY 2017 allocation of Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds provided to Nevada.  
 
“I encourage people to just get through our door, because this is an excellent opportunity to provide land users assistance through our programs,” said Ray Dotson, NRCS Nevada state conservationist.  
 
EQIP is a voluntary, financial assistance program that helps fund conservation practices to protect cropland, rangeland, water resources, soil resources and wildlife habitats.  USDA financial assistance programs like EQIP give producers the opportunity to improve their farm and rangeland resources.  Practices may include, but are not limited to: prescribed grazing, fencing, water developments, brush management and upland wildlife habitat management.  
 
“Applications for EQIP are accepted year-round on a continuous basis with periodic closing dates being announced so that applications can be evaluated, ranked and funded,” said Gary Roeder, assistant state conservationist for programs.  
Applicants who sign up now may be considered for FY 2017 funding if funds are available, or they may qualify for consideration in the first batching period of the FY 2018 funding cycle. 
 
Applicants must meet USDA program eligibility requirements for land eligibility and person eligibility, including Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) limitations for individuals and entities seeking to participate.  Applications need to be submitted before 4 p.m. on April 14, 2017 to be considered in the next FY 2017 ranking period.  
 
Farm Bill programs have strict payment limits, and the amount of financial assistance producers may receive varies by program and will depend on future allocations received under the Farm Bill authority.  Limited resource producers, beginning farmers and ranchers, or socially disadvantaged agricultural producers may be eligible for up to 15 percent higher payments, not to exceed 90 percent of the estimated cost to install the practice.
 
To learn more, contact your local NRCS office or go online to: www.nv.nrcs.usda.gov.