By ROBERT S. MERRILL
The Idaho Natural Resources Conservation Service is reminding producers that applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) are due Friday, Nov. 16, for fiscal year 2013 funding.
Applications for four special initiatives funded through EQIP are also due: the Organic, On Farm Energy, Seasonal High Tunnel and Working Lands for Wildlife Initiatives.
• The Organic Initiative can help certified and transitioning organic producers invest in practices such as cover crops, nutrient management, or drip irrigation to improve soils or conserve water.
• The On-Farm Energy Initiative offers producers the opportunity to develop Agricultural Energy Management Plans that assess their farms’ energy consumption for equipment and farm facilities.
• The Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative helps producers plan for and install steel-framed, polyethylene-covered structures that extend the growing season.
• The Working Lands for Wildlife Initiative in Idaho focuses on improving or restoring greater sage-grouse habitat.
Boyd Bradford, local NRCS director said in the past local individuals have taken advantage of the Organic, On-Farm Energy, Seasonal High Tunnel and Working Lands initiatives.
“If anyone has any questions about these programs they can contact our local office at 852-0562,“ he said. “Folks can also find more information online at http://www.id.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/
This story is sponsored by Marc Gibbs Thank You and Franklin County Assessor’s Office.
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