2010 Farm Bill

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By The Staff

Application and ranking schedules for 2010 first ranking cut-off period for Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) application will be January 29, 2010.

Each fiscal year, the natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) sets dates for program application ranking. Although dates may vary from one program to another, landowners may sign-up at any time for all conservation programs.

Conservation Planning is an integral part of the conservation process and that anyone seeking cost share assistance will be provided an up-to-date conservation plan that includes the practices needed to address their resource concerns.

The conservation plan allows the landowner to combine farming skills with the technology tools available from NRCS and conservation district staff, to provide the best and up-to-date information used to apply conservation practices and make decisions regarding the natural resources on the land.

There are two programs, WHIP and EQIP, with an upcoming cut-off date of January 29, 2010 for application ranking. The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) also has an ongoing sign-up period, but a ranking cut-off date has not yet been identified for CSP.

If you are interested in participating in the Farm Bill conservation programs, you should sign-up as soon as possible and request a conservation plan. For more information, contact Randal Rock, NRCS District Conservationist at 502-633-3640. You can also call 502-477-2867 or visit the office at 118 Taylorsville Road, Taylorsville.