Initial EQIP sign up ends soon

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) District Conservationist Mandi M. Ligon reminds agriculture producers that the second ranking period cut-off date for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is April 19, 2013. Producers interested in EQIP should submit applications to the Nolan County NRCS office by the deadline so their applications can be considered during the second ranking period of 2013.EQIP — one of the largest programs in the Farm Bill — is a voluntary conservation program that promotes environmental quality and assists producers to meet local, state and federal regulations."EQIP is a valuable tool to help Nolan County’s agricultural producers implement conservation practices that provide environmental benefits to help sustain agricultural operations," says Mandi Ligon, District Conservationist in Nolan County.EQIP is a continuous sign-up program that allows landowners or operators to apply for financial and technical assistance for the application of specific conservation practices; but the deadline for the second 2013 funding is April 19, 2013. Contracts are offered periodically depending on budgetary allocations. Applications made after the deadline will be considered in the next funding cycle. Higher priority will be given to those applications that address national, state and local priorities and provide higher cost efficiency.For more information, including eligibility requirements, call the USDA Service Center office in Sweetwater at (325) 235-4485 ext. 3. Service center locations and program information can be found on the Texas NRCS Web site at