COLUMBIA, S.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced the 2020 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) signup with an application deadline of Feb. 28 for farmers, ranchers and private landowners to apply for financial and technical assistance.
NRCS accepts EQIP applications year round, but makes funding selections at specific times during the fiscal year. NRCS is encouraging producers and private landowners to submit their applications as soon as possible because funding is limited. NRCS provided over $27 million in EQIP funding to eligible South Carolina farmers, ranchers, forest landowners, and private landowners in fiscal year 2019.
“NRCS works hard to help eligible farmers, ranchers and private landowners plan and carry out conservation practices that can benefit all South Carolina’s residents by providing clean air and water, healthy and productive forests, and healthy soils,” said Ann English, State Conservationist for NRCS in South Carolina. “EQIP provides crucial funding to help producers carry out these practices on their agricultural land.”
EQIP, a voluntary conservation program, promotes agricultural production and environmental quality. This program is available to eligible producers and landowners and offers financial and technical assistance to install or implement structural and management practices on private land that deliver environmental benefits, such as improved water quality and reduced soil erosion. Eligible land includes cropland, pastureland and non-industrial private forestland.
To learn more about financial and technical assistance available to help South Carolina farmers and other landowners improve and protect their land, visit NRCS in South Carolina’s website at www.sc.nrcs.usda.gov, or visit your local NRCS office. USDA service center locations are listed at http://offices.usda.gov.
— USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, South Carolina
For more articles out of South Carolina, click here.