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Conservation programs protect, soil, water, wildlife

Posted: June 23, 2011 5:13 p.m.
Updated: June 24, 2011 5:00 a.m.

The deadline to apply for priority assistance from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for two of its Farm Bill programs is Aug. 1.

NRCS provides financial and technical assistance to help Kershaw County landowners address natural resource concerns, promote environmental quality, and protect wildlife habitat on property they own or control. The cost-share funds are available to eligible applicants through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP), both administered by the local NRCS office.  

EQIP helps local farmers improve production while protecting environmental quality by addressing such concerns as soil erosion and productivity, grazing management, water quality, animal waste, and forestry concerns. EQIP also assists eligible small-scale farmers who have historically not participated in or ranked high enough to be funded in previous program sign ups. WHIP assists Kershaw County landowners who want to improve wildlife habitat or restore natural ecosystems on their land. 

There is a continuous signup for these programs; however, to increase your chances of funding, apply by Aug. 1. Producers interested in applying should visit the local USDA Service Center as soon as possible to prepare their applications.

For more information, including eligibility requirements, call or visit the NRCS office at 1126 Little St., Camden or call District Commissioner Mike Newman at 432-2575, ext. 107.

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