Jan. 17 batching deadline for EQIP ‘Atlas’ assistance
Agricultural producers dealing with the Atlas Blizzard recovery may find help through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is holding a second batching period for producers who wish to apply. The batching deadline to get signed up is Jan. 17, 2014.
“There is still a need for financial help as well as technical assistance associated with the Atlas Blizzard recovery”, said Jennifer Wurtz, EQIP coordinator with the NRCS. “We would like to provide that opportunity for producers to get the help they need.”
Local NRCS staffs are providing free, on-site technical assistance for burial sites, soils information, fencing, evaluating needs related to water quality, shelterbelts and winter protection. Financial assistance through the EQIP can help with burial of dead livestock and replacing destroyed conservation practices.
Wurtz says the first step is to contact the NRCS at their local USDA Service Center. Producers need to sign an application to be ready for the next funding cut off and application ranking date.
The NRCS’ EQIP is our main Farm Bill conservation financial assistance program that can help address these needs explains Wurtz.
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A pasture or lot with plenty of grass or bedding and windbreak is important when calving in the cold.