Eligible producers in Tennessee who are interested in implementing conservation practices to improve natural resources on their agricultural land and private forestland have until Friday, Nov. 18, to submit their completed application to be considered for fiscal year 2017 funding.
Funding is offered through the Natural Resources Conservation Service Environmental Quality Incentives Program. Eligible applications that are received after Nov. 18 will be considered during a later time and will be processed throughout the fiscal year, pending funding availability.
“We accept applications for EQIP on a continuous basis to help eligible producers improve natural resources on private working lands in Tennessee,” said state conservationist Kevin Brown. “The program places a priority on water quality, water quantity, and promotes soil health practices by offering financial and technical assistance to address these resource concerns on eligible agricultural land.”
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, water supply development for improved grazing management, riparian protection, and wildlife habitat enhancement.
Completed applications will be accepted at all Tennessee NRCS county offices and USDA Service Centers. Applications must be received by 4 p.m. on Nov. 18. For more information, call 473-6539 ext. 3.