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Farmers Could Get Aid To Conserve Energy 1/25/2012
Applications are now being accepted by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, for assistance that will help farmers conserve energy.
 
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program is a program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers through contracts up to a maximum of ten years. Those contracts help plan and implement conservation practices that address natural resource concerns and for opportunities to improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forest land.
 
Amy Hendershot, a resource conservationist for NRCS out of Wenatchee, says the program is essential at a time like this when fuel and other products are becoming more expensive.
 
Amy adds that applications will be reviewed three times starting in February and will be awarded on the basis of need and project worthiness.
 
Historically, underserved producers, such as farmers and ranchers with limited resource, beginning farmers and ranchers, and socially disadvantaged producers may be eligible for a higher payment rate for implementing conservation practices and plans.
Again that number is 664-9303.
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