Reno, Nev.—The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announces an additional FY 2019 application batching period for agricultural producers to apply for Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI) funding to implement conservation practices on their private land and public land allotments. The additional batching period is being announced to assure that an adequate number of applications are on hand to fully utilize the FY 2019 allocation of Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) SGI funds provided to Nevada.
“Within the EQIP fund pools, the Sage Grouse Initiative may provide opportunities for land users to improve sagebrush communities that sage grouse and hundreds of other species call home,” said Ray Dotson, NRCS Nevada state conservationist.
EQIP is a voluntary, financial assistance program that helps fund conservation practices to protect cropland, rangeland, water resources, soil resources and wildlife habitats. USDA financial assistance programs like EQIP give producers the opportunity to improve their farm and rangeland resources. Practices may include, but are not limited to: prescribed grazing, fencing, water developments, brush management and upland wildlife habitat management.
Applicants must meet USDA program eligibility requirements for land eligibility and person eligibility, including Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) limitations for individuals and entities seeking to participate. Applications need to be submitted before 4 p.m. on May 31, 2019 to be considered in the next FY 2019 ranking period.
Farm Bill programs have strict payment limits, and the amount of financial assistance producers may receive varies by program and will depend on future allocations received under the Farm Bill authority. Limited resource producers, beginning farmers and ranchers, or socially disadvantaged agricultural producers may be eligible for up to 15 percent higher payments, not to exceed 90 percent of the estimated cost to install the practice.
To learn more, contact your local NRCS office or go online to: www.nv.nrcs.usda.gov.
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