USDA has released nearly $10 million in additional funding for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.

The funds, which were distributed from previously unallocated fiscal year 2002 funds, will primarily be directed toward the states that are the “most severely impacted by drought,” says Ann Veneman, secretary of agriculture. “This will provide assistance to help agricultural producers implement conservation practices in an effort to prevent further damage to natural resources resulting from the drought.”

EQIP is a voluntary conservation program that promotes environmental quality and assists producers in order to help them meet local, state and federal regulations.

This latest allocation brings the total EQIP funds made available during fiscal year 2002 to $414 million. A list of states that will receive funds from this latest allocation is below. Additional information on EQIP and other conservation programs is on the Internet at:

State           Funding
Arizona $903,000
California 31,000
Colorado 1,168,000
Kansas 560,000
Montana 992,000
Nebraska 1,088,000
New Mexico 1,011,000
North Dakota 967,000
Oklahoma 409,000
Oregon 39,000
South Dakota 794,000
Texas 234,000
Utah 1,064,000
Wyoming 642,000