Tennessee Producers Can Participate In EQIP Signup

   In January, the U. S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) awarded funding for a special conservation project to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.
   NRCS will fund the project through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) using the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to install conservation practices that reduce erosion and improve water quality on agricultural land.
   USDA funded programs are available through NRCS to assist landowners with the installation of conservation practices on private land. RCPP is one such program available to Tennessee producers. The conservation practices offered are proven to address local resource concerns and include use of cover crops, nutrient management, riparian buffers and other practices.
   This NRCS project works in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and will focus on producers in the most needed watersheds in West Tennessee that are not already in a state or nationally targeted watershed. Tennessee producers who are interested in installing conservation practices should contact their local NRCS office.
   Applications are accepted year round, but to take advantage of this special conservation funding opportunity in 2015, interested producers must submit an application to their local field office by August 7, 2015 and meet eligibility requirements.
   Over the next four years, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s RCPP project will assist producers to promote improved soil health and water quality.
   To apply, eligible producers should contact their local NRCS field office or visit the Tennessee NRCS website at http://www.tn.nrcs.usda.gov. ∆
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