The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) has been the primary cost share program in the last two farm bills. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has helped hundreds of Oklahoma landowners install conservation practices on their property that reduce soil erosion, improve livestock management, and wildlife habitat. EQIP will help with a portion of the cost of many practices such as brush management, pasture planting, cross fencing, livestock water development, firebreaks, prescribed burning, and many others. There are also incentive payments for implementing more progressive practices such as converting to a rotational grazing system or pesticide record keeping.

Landowners are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible. Privately owned land must have applications in the local county NRCS office by November 1, 2009. Individual Restricted land within the Chickasaw Nation must have application and consent from BIA and all heirs completed by January 2, 2009.

If you are interested in EQIP and live in Pontotoc County you can find out more information by contacting Clay Horton, NRCS District Conservationist (Acting) at (580) 332-3070 ext. 3 or visiting the NRCS field office located at 1328 Cradduck Rd. in Ada. Information about EQIP and the location of other county NRCS Field Offices can be found on the web at www.ok.nrcs.usda.gov

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