USDA is awarding $12 million in Environmental Quality Incentives Program funds to 14 states. EQIP offers financial and technical help to assist eligible participants install or implement structural and management practices on eligible agricultural land.

“These funds will help producers and ranchers improved soil, air and water resources,” says Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman. “These awards recognize states that have achieved the greatest efficiency in the program through cost-share dollars and other management practices. This program also can help producers alleviate drought impacts through the application of conservation measures.”

In awarding the incentives, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service considered factors such as effectively addressing national priorities, strategic planning and program implementation, addressing state and local resource concerns, program delivery effectiveness, use of technical service providers and contracts with limited resource farmers and ranchers.

Funding allocations per state are:

  • Louisiana: $937,400
  • New Mexico: $937,500
  • Alabama: $937,500
  • Arizona: $937,500
  • Maine: $937,500
  • Montana: $937,500
  • Iowa: $843,800
  • Wyoming: $843,800
  • Oklahoma: $843,800
  • Texas: $843,700
  • Georgia: $750,000
  • Utah: $750,000
  • Nebraska: $750,000
  • South Dakota: $750,000

Total: $12 million

For more information on EQIP, go to: www.nrcs.usda.gov/eqip

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