Rutherford County Soil Conservation District
2014 Local Work Group Meeting
December 6, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.
Lane Agri-Park Complex, Suite 150.
The Local Work Group meeting is being hosted by the Rutherford County Soil Conservation District along with the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Locally led conservation begins with the community itself working through the local Soil Conservation District. It is based on the principle that community stakeholders are best suited to deal with local resource problems. It challenges urban and rural neighbors to work together and take responsibility for addressing local resource needs. It is important to keep in mind that locally led conservation must be driven by natural resource conservation needs rather than by legislated programs. The primary focus of locally led conservation should be to identify natural resource concerns, along with related economic and social concerns.
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for Fiscal Year 2014 needs local involvement and input through the locally led process to strengthen our commitment to cooperative conservation and partnerships. And, your efforts in the L WG process will also help guide state and other federal programs.
Your enthusiasm, support, and involvement are much appreciated. Locally led and cooperative conservation have always been the hallmark in solving our resource concerns together.
If you have any questions please contact the Rutherford County Soil Conservation District Office at 615-893-9295 ext. 3
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 6, 2013
Eligible producers are encouraged to apply for assistance by December 20, 2013
NASHVILLE, TN, November 6, 2013 – For agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland producers interested in applying for farm bill conservation program financial assistance in Fiscal Year 2014, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Tennessee has set Friday, December 20, 2013, as the signup cutoff date for first evaluation funding consideration. Pending the availability of funds, additional evaluation periods may occur and cutoff dates will be posted on the Tennessee website at http://www.tn.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/. The application deadline applies to the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and EQIP National Initiatives and the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) and WHIP National Initiatives.
“When landowners take part in conservation cost share programs, the funds filter through the community, and the initial investment rolls over several times, benefitting the whole area,” said Kevin Brown, Tennessee NRCS State Conservationist. The funds from both EQIP and WHIP help farmers improve the natural resources on private working lands in Tennessee. Conservation practices help the environment while also making the land more productive by addressing issues like water quantity, water and air quality, wildlife habitat, and soil health.
Eligible producers with a conservation plan for their operation receive priority for financial assistance. NRCS staff is available to help producers create conservation plans. Only projects that are “ready to implement” will be ranked for funding. Applications can be submitted anytime throughout the year.
NRCS's conservation programs address resource concerns such as soil erosion, soil health, irrigation efficiency, impaired water quality and fragmented wildlife habitat. EQIP, one of NRCS’s largest conservation programs, helps eligible producers plan and implement conservation practices that provide opportunities to improve soil, water, plant, animal, energy, air and related resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland.
For additional information, eligible producers are encouraged to contact their local NRCS Service Center. Service center locations and more information on the programs can be found at www.tn.nrcs.usda.gov.
NRCS has provided leadership in a partnership effort to help America's private land owners and managers conserve their soil, water and other natural resources since 1935.
For program information, contact Chris Hancock at (615) 893-9295.
Learn more about WHIP and EQIP and other NRCS programs. [http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs]
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps America’s farmers and ranchers conserve the Nation’s soil, water, air and other natural resources. All programs are voluntary and offer science-based solutions that benefit both the landowner and the environment.
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