Pickett County Landowners should sign up for 2010 USDA Conservation Programs
Pickett County landowners who want to sign up for the USDAâ€™s 2010 Conservation Programs should have their applications completed by January 15th to compete for the first round of 2010 funding. The USDAâ€™s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has opened signups for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), and the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP). Sign up for all three programs occurs year round, but to be eligible for the first set of 2010 funding, applicants must submit their paperwork by Friday January 15, 2010.
CSP encourages producers to address resource concerns in a comprehensive manner by installing and adopting new conservation activities and by improving, maintaining, and managing existing activities. EQIP promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible national goals while addressing natural resource concerns. EQIP offers financial and technical help to assist eligible participants install or implement structural and/or management practices on eligible agricultural land. WHIP encourages creation of high quality wildlife habitats. Through WHIP cost sharing, landowners work with NRCS to develop or enhance upland, wetland, riparian, and aquatic habitat areas on their property. All USDA conservation programs are voluntary.
"We want to make sure Tennessee producers know that these cost share programs are available, so they can use them to improve natural resources on their private working lands,â€ť said John Rissler, Acting State Conservationist for Tennessee. â€śConservation practices help the land by making it more productive through improved water quantity and quality, air quality, and wildlife habitat.â€ť
Additional information about CSP, EQIP, and WHIP can be found at www.tn.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/. Or visit your District Conservationist at the nearest USDA Service Center. NRCS is an equal opportunity provider and employer.