Wildlife Effort through the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP)

 

NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE, Huron, SD, March 27, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide an opportunity for farmers and ranchers interested in wildlife conservation to develop or enhance wildlife habitat. The NRCS will consider any application received prior to April 18, 2014.

“This Wildlife Effort through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a result of the enactment of the 2014 Farm Bill which combined the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) into EQIP.  All applications previously received for WHIP will be honored and have been rolled over into this Wildlife Effort.  A new application will not need to be resigned,” said Jennifer Wurtz, EQIP Program coordinator with the NRCS.

The EQIP program provides financial and technical assistance to help producers implement voluntary conservation practices to improve their natural resources. Payment is provided for a variety of practices to address resource concerns such as water quality, grazing land health and productivity, soil erosion and soil quality, and wildlife habitat development. “The Wildlife Effort through EQIP is the perfect opportunity to develop quality habitat for any type of wildlife,” says Wurtz.

“Applications for all NRCS conservation programs, including EQIP, are accepted continuously. However, the application batching date is April 18, 2014 for this Wildlife Effort,” Wurtz says. “I encourage any operator or landowner who may be interested in wildlife habitat to visit NRCS at their local USDA Service Center to see if they may be eligible.”

Millborn Seeds has put out an excellent catalog full of hints, tips, and great information about grasses, whether for forage, waterways, pastures, or grazing. We’ve made it available to you HERE. And remember — we have seed for all of these projects. Give us a call at 605-370-3480 or email info@minnehahacd.org.

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Quick links to the order forms and newsletter:

 

Click here for the newsletter

Included in this year’s newsletter are highlights from 2013 projects, a request for donations to help maintain the Dewey C. Gevik Outdoor Conservation Learning Area, and an exciting cost-share opportunity for wildlife habitat.

 

Click here to see the native grasses and flowers we have available

Due to fluctuating availability, these products are not included on the 2014 order form. To order and make payment, please print the availability list, then write the items desired and prices on the back of the sheet. Return this sheet with the first page of the 2014 order form and your payment.

 

Click here for the 2014 order form

Please print this form and return it with your payment to the Minnehaha Conservation District office.

 

THINK SPRING! We’re looking forward to working with you again this year!

Our 2014 newsletter and order form are ready! Please click here to view the newsletter. You’ll see information about what we were busy doing last year, a giving opportunity to help us maintain the beautiful Dewey C. Gevik Outdoor Conservation Learning Area, and a brand new cost-share opportunity to establish wildlife habitat on sensitive land that’s not eligible for other farm programs!

Please click here to download and print the plant order form. You’ll see that we are requesting payment with your order this year, and we have some new products to offer, including grasses for urban yards and landscaping!

If you have any questions, feel free to email info@minnehahacd.org or call John at 605-370-3480. We’re looking forward to warmer temperatures and another planting season!

CORDGRASS, PRAIRIE

MARK YOUR CALENDARS WITH THESE PROGRAM UPDATES

  • Conservation Reserve Program (CSP): The signup deadline has been moved back to February 7.
  • Environmental Quality Incentives Program – National Water Quality Initiative (EQIP-NWQI): The signup deadline is February 21.
  • NWQI Soil Health / NRCS Program Outreach: Scheduled for January 29 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the farm of Rodney Van Der Vliet (46037 248th Street, Colton SD 57018). A meal will be served. Please RSVP by January 22 by calling the NRCS at 605-330-4515 ext 3.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!! May 2014 be all you wish for — and more!

To start the year off, we would like to make you aware of some important dates and events:

CSP Signup — the deadline is January 17:

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Next meeting of the Minnehaha Conservation District Board of Supervisors — January 13, 2014 at 3:00 pm at the USDA Service Center, 2408 East Benson Road, Sioux Falls, SD.

Sioux Empire Farm Show — January 21-25. For more information, please click here.

Martin Luther King holiday — January 20. Please remember that the office will be closed that day.

2014 Tree Flyer — will be distributed during the week of January 20.

Don’t be left in the dust on Monday, December 9, 2013!

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