EQIP and WHIP funds available

From press reports

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is encouraging landowners, famers and producers to visit their local NRCS office and apply for assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP). While the application process for these Farm Bill conservation programs is continuous, funding selections are only made once or twice a year.

“EQIP is the primary conservation program available to farmers for farmland conservation practices, Farmers can sign up at the NRCS office in USDA Service Centers statewide.

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program administered by the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). It supports production agriculture and environmental quality as compatible goals. Through EQIP, agricultural producers may receive financial and technical help with structural and management conservation practices on agricultural land.

Persons who are engaged in livestock or agricultural production on eligible land may participate in the EQIP program. EQIP activities are carried out according to a plan of operation developed in conjunction with the producer that identifies the appropriate conservation practice or practices to address the resource concerns. The practices are subject to NRCS technical standards adapted for local conditions.

The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) provides technical assistance and cost sharing to restore wildlife habitat. In Mississippi, over 20 different conservation practices are available, ranging from prescribed burning to establishing native grasses, shrubs and trees. Special priority is given to habitat that benefits species of national or state significance, including declining and endangered species.

For more information and applications for either of these programs, visit www.ms.nrcs.usda.gov or contact the NRCS office at the USDA Service Center 571 South Louisville Street, Ackerman, MS 39739, PH 662-285-6250.