Final deadline July 17 for funding through USDA-NRCS EQIP program

Western United Dairymen partnered with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Sustainable Conservation to secure an additional $3.5 million for Merced and Stanislaus County dairy producers for water quality/conservation projects. The process to apply for the available funding is the same as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and will be submitted with NRCS. EQIP has changed from one deadline and funding cycle per year to five. Applications are batched and ranked on specific dates, providing a more timely funding response. The remaining FY15 batching deadline is July 17, 2015. A Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) needs to be completed as part of the process, making it important to plan ahead. A Technical Service Provider (TSP) is necessary to complete the CNMP process and NRCS reimburses producers for the cost of the CNMP. The type of projects that will be funded through this program are: irrigation pipelines; pumps; structures for water control; waste storage facility (concrete pads); solid liquid separators; irrigation land leveling; and Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans (CNMP). If you have questions, please contact your local NRCS office. WUD news