Le Sueur County Soil and Water Conservation District
United States Department of Agriculture ∙ Natural Resources Conservation Service
For Immediate Release
Natural Resources Conservation Service
181 W. Minnesota St
Le Center, MN. 56057
Phone: (507) 357-4908
2019 EQIP Applications Due August 2018
To be considered for funding in fiscal year 2019, applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) will be due at local USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in August of 2018. EQIP applications can be made at any time throughout the year, the exact cutoff date will be released as soon as USDA officials make the final date decision.
“If you have any resource concerns on you property, stop in the office and visit with us” said Steve Breaker, Le Sueur USDA NRCS District Conservationist. “So NRCS is encouraging producers to come in sooner, rather than later to begin looking at these issues.”
Statewide EQIP practices include, but are not limited to: cover crops, erosion control structures, waste storage facilities, terracing, grade stabilization structures, nutrient management, prescribed grazing, No-Till, Strip till, well sealing and closure of animal waste impoundment facilities.
Heavy rains in 2016 might have exposed some previously unknown areas of erosion, according to Steve Breaker. There may be financial assistance through EQIP to help address some of these problem areas.
EQIP was originally established under the 1996 Farm Bill. It provides technical and financial assistance to landowners to voluntarily address soil, water and related natural resource concerns on private lands.