The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary USDA conservation program for farmers and ranchers to treat identified soil, water, and related natural resource concerns on eligible land. It provides technical ad financial assistance to eligible producers. EQIP was reauthorized in the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (Farm Bill). The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) administers EQIP and is accepting applications until December 3, 2004 for fiscal funds.

EQIP contracts provide incentive payments and cost share to implement conservation practices. Persons who are engaged in livestock or agricultural production on eligible land may participate in the EQIP program. All eligible practices are carried out according to an EQIP plan of operations developed in conjunction with the producer. Examples of eligible practices include: irrigation pipelines, sprinkler systems, livestock watering facilities, direct seeding and fences. A complete list of eligible practices is available at the local USDA Service Center. EQIP is a competitive program and federal funds are limited. Submit applications to the USDA Service Center located at 209 NW First Street, Enterprise, Oregon 97828 by December 3 date. Call NRCS at 541-426-4521 for further information.

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