Apply soon for help with conservation efforts

Private landowners and operators who are engaged in forestry, wildlife management, and crop or livestock production that could benefit from technical assistance for planning and designing natural resource conservation activities (a.k.a. practices) may be eligible to participate in the USDA Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

These conservation practices include protection or improvements to air and water resources, improvement of the soil, enable better care for farm animals, management of animal waste, and sustaining our agricultural lands. EQIP also offers financial assistance to make these conservation practices more affordable once a landowner or operator’s application is determined eligible for funding. Participation by a landowner or operator in EQIP is completely voluntary.

Applications to participate in EQIP can be submitted to your local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service at any time. They are then subjected to an extensive eligibility process and are ranked in batches on selected dates throughout the year; the next batch ranking date is Jan. 19.

The first step in determining if you are eligible for the EQIP program is to contact your local NRCS field office staff to discuss your needs and develop a conservation plan. The NRCS field office for Belknap County can be reached by contacting District Conservationist Nels Liljedahl at 603-901-3005 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Soil Conservationist Bill Hoey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information on EQIP, visit www.nh.nrcs.usda.gov or www.belknapccd.org.