Nebraska Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist Craig Derickson says the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) has an October 16th sign-up deadline.
Derickson says EQIP is their most popular program and this year 300,000 acres were enrolled.
“We have a nice array of conservation practices available to both farmers and ranchers,” Derickson tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate WNAX. “Particularly, the ranchers have shown a strong interest in fencing and livestock water pipelines and tanks and windbreaks and so, we have a lot of good conservation work that we can do through the EQIP program.”
Field offices will evaluate and rank applications. Those who qualify will be notified early next year.
EQIP is voluntary. It provides financial and technical help to install conservation practices. More than one million acres is currently under contract in Nebraska.
If interested, farmers and ranchers should visit their local NRCS field office and complete an application.
Jerry Oster, WNAX, contributed to this report.