The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 14, 2013

EQIP signup ends Friday

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Applications for Environmental Quality Incentives Program are due in Natural Resources Conservation Service offices Friday.

“The Environmental Quality Incentives Program is a voluntary program that is available to owners of land in agricultural or forest production or persons who are engaged in livestock, agricultural, or forest production on eligible land and that have a natural resource concern to be addressed,” said Gary O’Neill, USDA-NRCS State Conservationist for Oklahoma.

EQIP provides financial assistance for eligible producers to help plan and implement conservation practices that address existing natural resource concerns and for opportunities to improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forest land. Another purpose of EQIP is to help producers meet federal, state, tribal and local environmental regulations.

“The EQIP is an important farm bill conservation program that helps established farmers as well as beginning, historically underserved, and limited resource producers,” O’Neill said. “This is another example of the work of NRCS in Oklahoma and our efforts together with our partners to address environmental conservation issues and strengthen Oklahoma’s rural economy.”

Eligible landowners and operators in Oklahoma need to apply at their local NRCS office to be considered for the current ranking period. While local offices accept EQIP applications throughout the year, NRCS evaluates applications during announced ranking periods. To be eligible for this enrollment, producers are encouraged to have their applications submitted to NRCS by the closing date.