USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced an opportunity for local farmers to receive technical assistance and funding to address soil erosion and degraded water quality on agricultural land through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
Potential practices to help control soil erosion, improve water quality and infiltration, improve soil health, and aid in livestock sustainability include cover crops; alternative water systems for livestock including water tanks, pipeline and heavy-use-area protection; fencing for rotational grazing and/or exclusion of livestock from waterways or sensitive areas; and grade and streambank stabilization. Other qualifying practices include the establishment of wildlife and/or pollinator habitat.
To request technical assistance and planning tools to determine which conservation practices or systems are needed to address resource concerns on your land, contact District Conservationist Trent Cash in the NRCS Franklin Field Office at 615-794-8488, Ext. 3.
The deadline to apply for funding for this fiscal year is Nov. 19.
For more information, head to www.nrcs.usda.gov.