Private landowners can apply for conservation systems incentives


By Petra Barnes

Special to The SUN

Producers in Colorado who are interested in implementing conservation practices to improve natural resources on their private agricultural land have until Friday, Jan. 15, to submit applications for FY 2016 funding through the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

Eligible applications that are received after Jan. 15 will be considered during a later time and will be processed throughout the fiscal year as needed.

EQIP is a voluntary incentive program that provides financial assistance for conservation systems such as animal waste management facilities, irrigation system efficiency improvements, fencing, and water supply development for improved grazing management, riparian protection and wildlife habitat enhancement.

“EQIP places a priority on water quality, water conservation and promotes soil health practices by offering financial and technical assistance to address these resource concerns on eligible agricultural land,” said Clint Evans, NRCS state conservationist, Denver.

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