NRCS Announces EQIP sign-up to Promote Migratory Water Fowl Habitat in Central Illinois (NRCS) will be offering special funding to improve habitat for migratory water fowl through the Mississippi River Basin Critical Conservation Area portion of the Regional Conservation Partnership....
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NRCS Announces EQIP sign-up to Promote Migratory Water Fowl Habitat in Central Illinois
— The U. S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will be offering special funding to improve habitat for migratory water fowl through the Mississippi River Basin Critical Conservation Area portion of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). NRCS has partnered with the University of Illinois (U of I) to help producers improve resource concerns such as improving wildlife habitat, water quality, and soil erosion. Producers can apply for assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to implement drainage water management and cover crop practices. The primary focus will be installation of drainage water management practices. Drainage water management allows the producer to manage water that normally leaves the farm through tile drainage. By working with NRCS and the U of I, the landowner can manage the water more efficiently and allow more habitat for migratory water fowl, such as the American golden plover. Drainage water management practices can be installed on new or existing field tile drainage systems located throughout central Illinois.
The NRCS RCPP funding will be available to producers whose land is located in the following counties: Christian, Macon, Shelby, Piatt, Moultrie, Champaign, Douglas, Coles, Cumberland, Vermilion, Edgar, and Clark. To take advantage of this conservation funding opportunity, interested producers should submit an application by the application cutoff dates of January 20 and March 17, 2017. Producers are reminded that they can submit an EQIP application to their local field office at any time throughout the year.
To apply, eligible producers should contact their local NRCS field office or visit the Illinois NRCS website at www.il.nrcs.usda.gov.