(ADAIR) The deadline for landowners interested in applying for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is approaching in Adair County.
Alan Lange, District Conservationist for the field office in Greenfield, said the EQIP program is a federally cost shared program that applies conservation practices to working lands.
“In Adair County, typically we have used those dollars to cost share terrace projects, pond projects, water and sediment control basins, we’ve even done stuff with livestock producers to help control manure runoff,” said Lange. “And so those traditional things we are still going to be doing, but we also have opportunities for people that would like to transition to organic farming, also if people would like to incorporate high tunnel production of vegetables into their operation; we can cost share high tunnel buildings as well, and this year also there is some energy initiative practices too that are going to be implemented with the EQIP program.”
Lange said the program is available throughout the State; however the sign up deadlines may vary by County. In Adair County, the first sign up deadline will be Friday, December 23rd. Applications received by the first cut off date will be ranked when funding is received and the highest ranking applications will be funded. Adair County might receive additional funding later in the fiscal year. A second sign up deadline for additional funding has been set for Friday, January 20th. Applications signed by the second cut off date and applications not funded in the first cut off period will be ranked and considered with the additional funding.
To apply in Adair County, stop by the NRCS office in Greenfield or call 641-743-6124.