NRCS funding available for 2013 programs

newspaper-headerThe USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in Virginia has funding available for producers interested in improving the health and productivity of their land in 2013.

Farmers can sign up for conservation programs throughout the year, but funding selections are made at specific times and the first cutoff date is January 18, 2013.  It is especially important for producers to get their applications in as soon as possible to be eligible for limited funding.

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program or EQIP is our most robust offering with many options for Virginia producers. This year, we have popular soil health practices such as cover crops, crop rotation, nutrient management, and rotational grazing as well as payment options for farmers to develop plans to better manage their resources.

If you are interested in Farm Bill programs, contact your local NRCS office to identify and plan the conservation measures you would like to implement on your land.  The district conservationist can help you develop a plan, identify recommended practices, and pursue funding through one of the many Farm Bill program options available.  To learn more, contact Charles J. Ivins, NRCS District Conservationist for Augusta and Highland Counties at 540-248-6218 x122.

Augusta Health Kris McMackin CPA
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