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EQIP seeks applications

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) at the local USDA Service Center or conservation district office.

Landowners may apply for EQIP at any time. Applications received by April 15 will be considered for the fiscal year 2009 program year. Applications received after April 15 will be in the next evaluation period.

EQIP applications are evaluated and ranked using qualifications set forth by local work groups to determine which applications provide the best environmental benefits and address the resource concerns of their local area.

EQIP allows cost-share assistance to persons engaged in livestock or agricultural production on eligible land. Cost-share rates vary by practice. All conservation practices are subject to NRCS technical standards adapted for local conditions.

For applications selected for funding, an EQIP plan of operations will be developed with the producer to identify appropriate conservation practices. EQIP practices in Kentucky include, but are not limited to, pipeline and watering facility; grassed waterway; diversion; forest stand improvement, and fencing.

More information is at www.ky.ncrs.usda.gov/programs. To apply for EQIP, or for more information, call the Letcher County Conservation District at (606) 633- 4448.

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