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Macoupin County EQIP Project

Wed, December 20, 2017

U. S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will offer funding in Macoupin County for the Upper Macoupin Creek Watershed using the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).


NRCS has partnered with American Farmland Trust to help local producers address natural resource concerns, namely degraded water quality and soil erosion.


The project focus is to improve water quality in portions of Macoupin County’s Upper Macoupin Creek Watershed.


Producers can apply for both technical and financial assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to install practices such as drainage water management, denitrifying bioreactors, saturated buffers, cover crops, nutrient management techniques, and no-till systems.

 

NRCS RCPP funding will be available to Macoupin County producers with land located in the Upper Macoupin Creek Watershed. 


To take advantage of this special conservation funding opportunity, interested and eligible producers should submit an application by the cutoff dates of January 19 and March 16, 2018. 

 

NRCS reminds producers they can apply for regular EQIP financial assistance at the Carlinville, Illinois Field Office any time throughout the year.


NRCS accepts EQIP applications on a continuous basis.


To apply, eligible producers should contact the NRCS Carlinville Field Office at 300 Carlinville Plaza, Carlinville, Illinois 62626.  Phone: 217-854-2626 ext. 3.

 

 

 

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Precision Conservation Management

Wed, December 20, 2017

U. S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will offer Illinois producers special funding for precision conservation management techniques as part of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). 


Precision Conservation Management (PCM) is an innovative service program designed to combine financial farm business planning with precision conservation technology in a way that helps producers make intelligent conservation decisions for their operation. 


For this effort NRCS partnered with the Illinois Corn Growers Association to help producers use PCM techniques to address important natural resource concerns, namely water quality and soil health.


Producers have several different NRCS program options that can provide both technical and financial assistance to support their specific project. Landowners simply select the program that best fits their specific needs. 


The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) helps farmers install on-the-ground conservation practices like cover crops, nutrient management, and saturated buffers.  In addition to the normal conservation practices such as grassed waterways, terraces, grade stabilization structures.


The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) rewards producers for maintaining existing conservation efforts already in use on the farm, while strengthening their operation even further by adding new special conservation “enhancement” options.


The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) provides financial and technical assistance so producers can conserve agricultural lands and wetlands and attain multiple benefits over the long-term. Conservation easements offer tremendous environmental benefits like habitat development, flood protection, and water quality improvements. Under the Wetlands Reserve Easements component of ACEP, NRCS helps producers restore, protect, and enhance enrolled wetlands for future generations.


Illinois NRCS Precision Conservation Management RCPP project is available to producers with land located in the following counties:  Champaign, Christian, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Livingston, Macoupin, McLean, Sangamon, Tazewell, Vermillion, and Woodford.


To take advantage of this special conservation funding opportunity, interested producers should submit an application to their local NRCS field office by the cutoff dates below:

 

EQIP: January 19 and March 16, 2018


CSP has not been announced yet


ACEP: January 26, 2018

 

NRCS reminds producers they can apply for EQIP, CSP, or ACEP program assistance at any time throughout the year, as they accept applications on a continuous basis.

 

To see if you are eligible to participate in the program, contact your local NRCS field office or visit www.il.nrcs.usda.gov

 

 

 

 

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NRCS Announces Special Illinois Initiatives

Wed, December 20, 2017

U. S. Department of Agriculture- Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will offer funding for the following special Conservation Initiatives throughout the state: Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI), National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI), and the Monarch Butterfly Project (Monarch).


Producers who have agricultural, pasture, or forest land located in a defined initiative project area (see below) can apply for assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).


Using EQIP’s technical and financial assistance, producers can install a variety of conservation practices that improve water quality, decrease soil erosion, and enhance wildlife habitat. 


To compete for funds in one (or more) of these initiative project areas, producers must complete and submit an application by one of two cutoff dates, January 19 and March 16, 2018. 

NRCS reminds producers they can apply for regular EQIP financial assistance at any time throughout the year, as NRCS accepts applications on a continuous basis.


Contact your local NRCS field office to obtain more details about a specific initiative and to see if your land is located in one of the project areas.  Learn more about NRCS’ programs and services in Illinois online at www.il.nrcs.usda.gov.


MRBI  


Clinton Lake – Portions of DeWitt, McLean, and Piatt Counties
Crow Creek West/Clear Creek – Portions of Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam, and Stark Counties
Upper Macoupin Creek – Portions of Macoupin County
Vermilion Headwaters – Portions of Ford, Iroquois, Livingston, and McLean Counties

 

NWQI National Water Quality Initiative

Douglas Creek Watershed – Portions of St. Clair County
Crooked Creek-Bon Pas Watershed – Portions of Richland, Wabash, Edwards, and Lawrence Counties
Lake Vermilion Watershed – Portions of Vermilion County
Lake De Revey Watershed – Portions of Vermilion County
Painter Creek Watershed – Portions of Vermilion County
Lake Bloomington – Money Creek Watershed – Portions of McLean County
Blue Mound – Money Creek Watershed – Portions of McLean County


Monarch Butterfly Initiative Available in all Illinois Counties.

 

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